The Manitoulin Health Centre has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at their Little Current site, just days after implementing COVID policies for visitors.
Under the Public Health Authority, an outbreak is declared when two or more patients test positive for the virus.
“Effective immediately, visitation at the Little Current site in-patient unit will be suspended with the exception of immediate family for palliative patients, for minor patients (under the age of 18) and obstetrics,” the organization said in a release Friday. “The Emergency Department remains open for emergencies only.”
The updated COVID-19 measures, which were implemented July 18 under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, maintained much of the same precautions that have been in place throughout the pandemic, including mandatory masking, self-screening, hand hygiene, and restricting eating in patient areas.
As a result of the outbreak, as well as increased circulation of the virus in the community, the organization said it will resume active screening at the entrances of their Little Current and Mindemoya sites.
Visitors who are permitted during the outbreak will be required to wear a mask at all times. MHC will have masks available and will be asking those wearing cloth masks to replace them before entering.
“The staff and Management of MHC wish to remind the public to remain calm,” the organization said. “We must be diligent about following the guidelines as set out by Public Health. If you are eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Public Health Sudbury & Districts for local vaccine clinic information.”
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