Sudbury Hospital declares second COVID-19 outbreak in as many days

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Health Sciences North

Health Sciences North declared another outbreak of COVID-19 Saturday on the 4th floor of the South Tower of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre. “This outbreak is separate and distinct from the one declared on 6 South on Friday March 12.”, stated a media release.

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 testing is in progress.”

HSN states that 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.

The hospital remains open with clinics and procedures continuing as normal.