Hospital declares COVID outbreak


The Deep River and District Hospital has announced a COVID-19 outbreak in its inpatient unit after two patient cases were confirmed Tuesday.

The hospital said there have been “no confirmed staff cases at this time.”

“Due to the outbreak, visitor access to the inpatient unit has been paused, except for designated essential caregivers. Visitors of end-of-life patients will be determined on a case-by-case basis,” the hospital said in the announcement.

In partnership with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), the hospital said it has implemented the “necessary outbreak protocols” to protect the health and safety of patients, residents and staff, including:

  • Contact tracing and testing
  • Isolation protocols
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas
  • Increased PPE measures for staff

The hospital said the outbreak has not impacted access to the emergency department, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, any outpatient clinics, the North Renfrew Family Health Team, or the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home.

“During the temporary pause to visitor access, family and friends can stay connected with patients on the inpatient unit through video chats and telephone calls. If you are looking to connect with a patient on the inpatient unit, please contact our nursing team,” the hospital said.

The hospital said it will continue to work with the RCDHU to track and monitor any cases of COVID-19 and will “continue with precautions to limit the spread of illness until the outbreak is declared over.”

“Thank you to everyone for your cooperation in helping to keep our patients, residents, and staff free from illness.”

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