“Unprecedented times”: Hospital bans visitors

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The Deep River and District Hospital is stepping up measures to protect patients and residents from the novel coronavirus.

In a statement Friday, the hospital announced that all visitors would be screened before entering the premises. Visiting hours would also be limited to the hours of 10 am to 7 pm.

On Sunday, the hospital said it is taking further steps by banning visitors and volunteers from the hospital and Four Seasons Lodge long-term care completely.

“If a resident or patient becomes very ill or requires end-of-life care, arrangements will be made for visiting on a case by case basis,” the hospital said.

“This is an extreme measure; however, these are unprecedented times.

“Deep River and District Hospital and Four Seasons Lodge patients and residents remain unaffected by the virus, and this measure is precautionary in order to ensure that our residents, patients and staff remain healthy.”

As announced Friday, all individuals entering the hospital building must 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.

“Those who ‘fail’ the screening process will not be permitted to enter. If you are seeking emergency care, only one person may accompany each patient.”

The hospital says that 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 613-735-8654, extension 577.

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

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