There is a COVID-19 epidemic at Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH).
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit declared the epidemic on November 24 at Trent Hills Hospital after six patients in the second-floor medical-surgical ward diagnosed COVID-19 positive. The CMH said three patients had been fully vaccinated and three had not been fully vaccinated. No cases of staff have been reported at the hospital.
CMH is introducing visitor restrictions due to the epidemic. The doctor / surgical ward is closed to all visitors except those visiting the hospital for final care. The second layer endoscopy department is also closed.
Alysia English, director of care for CMH patients, said hospital staff are working closely with the health unit to ensure that the hospital has appropriate infection prevention and control policies in place to prevent the virus from spreading.
“While we still have appropriate COVID prevention measures in the hospital, we are now implementing additional processes and enhanced infection control practices to ensure that we stop all the spread and ensure the safety of our patients and staff,” he said.
CMH will continue to work with the health unit to monitor the epidemic and support case and to trace contacts. Additional testing of close contacts is also being done, CMH pointed out.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of infection prevention and control procedures and the best practices that the hospital must maintain in all its interactions with patients,” said Marilyn Petherick, CMH infection control and operating room nurse.
“That’s why hand washing, physical distance, and the proper use of personal protective equipment are so important. In the hospital and in our community, we must all continue to be vigilant with public health measures such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask, consistent hand washing, and vaccination.
CMH said it would continue to provide key services.
Those in need of first aid are encouraged to seek help through the hospital emergency room. The rules of procedure of the emergency department have not changed and minors and the elderly in need of supportive care can still be accompanied by one person.
“CMH’s emergency department will continue to serve patients in all sudden or urgent conditions while ensuring appropriate infection management practices to improve the safety of patients and their care providers,” said Dr. Bruce Bain, CMH’s Chief Human Resources Officer.
“If you’re severely unwell and need immediate, urgent medical attention, waiting too long can make your problem more serious and difficult to treat and lead to more permanent injury or disability.”
CMH said it is working to ensure that the impact on non-emergency services is kept to a minimum. Hospital staff will directly contact patients who have an agreed time and who may be affected by this epidemic.
Residents are encouraged to contact primary care providers or take advantage of telecare in non-acute care.