Hospital restricts visiting for COVID-19

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With the situation seeming to change by the hour, the Deep River and District has announced that it is taking steps to protect its patients from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the hospital said that effective immediately, all individuals entering the hospital building will need to do so through the Emergency Department entrance.

“Risk screening for COVID-19 will be in place for each individual prior to entering the organization. When using the Emergency Department entrance, please make way for paramedics and those in distress.”

The hospital also announced that “visitation to the hospital and long-term care will be restricted to limit the potential spread of infection.”

“Until further notice, visiting hours will be in place from 10 am until 7 pm each day. Those seeking care in the Emergency Department may have one individual accompany them. Visitors under the age of 12 are not permitted. Please do not visit if you feel ill or have symptoms of any respiratory virus.”

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is reporting that there are still no cases of COVID-19 in the area and that the risk of infection remains low.

But the hospital said that while there have been no cases reported so far, “the situation is developing quickly.”

“The Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) is actively responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Through our response team lead, Janna Hotson – vice president of clinical services, the organization is working closely with the health unit to take recommended precautions.”

“If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19 (which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath), please stay home, isolate yourself from others, and contact the Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 613-735-8653, extension 555, as soon as possible.

“The Deep River and District Hospital cannot perform any testing for COVID-19 on site.”

The hospital says that to reduce the spread of germs, “including the flu and COVID-19, it is recommend that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • If possible, stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t already, as the flu virus is still circulating in the community

“DRDH would like to thank the community for their cooperation and flexibility as new safety measures are implemented to protect all those we serve.

“During these changing and challenging times, DRDH is focused on maintaining excellent, compassionate health care.”

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