Health Sciences North (HSN) is currently monitoring an outbreak of COVID-19 on hallway G of the 6th floor of the South Tower of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre, the COVID-19 hallway of HSN’s Respiratory Care Unit.
The Ministry of Health defines a COVID-19 outbreak in a public hospital as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases involving patients or staff within a specified area within a 14-day period where both cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in the hospital.
HSN’s Outbreak Management Team has taken action to ensure safety of all HSN employees, physician and learners, patients and designated care partners. Admissions and designated care partners to the affected unit are restricted. Some patients are in isolation, being monitored for symptoms and have been tested. Follow up contact tracing has occurred and there are no patients who have tested positive associated with this outbreak at this time.
Additional infection, prevention and control measures are in place such as strict hand hygiene, heightened infection surveillance, additional use of personal protective equipment, laboratory testing and enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
“Currently the outbreak is contained to the Covid-19 hallway of the 6th floor South Tower where Covid-19 positive patients are normally admitted. There is no evidence of ongoing transmission at this time. HSN remains open with clinics and procedures continuing as normal. HSN continues to be a safe place for patients, designated care partners, staff, learners and volunteers,” said Mark Hartman, HSN’s Senior Vice President of Patient Experience.
As of noon on March 12, 2021 HSN has 6 patients admitted who have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 19 patients admitted to HSN who are currently being tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.