North Bay hospital asks suspected COVID-19 patients to check in with health unit

Visitors asked to postpone visits to NBRHC if they are unwell

[NORTH BAY, ON] – The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) is closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Health Centre continues full operations with all inpatient and outpatient services running as usual. The safety of our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers continues to be our number one priority.

HOW THE COMMUNITY CAN HELP

Visitors to the Hospital

There is a greater chance of our patients and staff becoming ill if someone who has symptoms chooses to visit.

For this reason, the Health Centre is asking visitors to consider postponing their visit if they, or anyone in their home, is unwell. Visitors who do come to the facility are reminded to wash their hands with the alcohol rinse provided at each major entrance before entering and leaving the facility. Visitors could be screened at specific units.

If you suspect COVID-19 exposure
Community members can also help keep our emergency department’s resources available for trauma and emergent care patients by calling the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 ext 5229 to speak to public health nurse, or calling their health care provider if they suspect COVID 19 exposure. Health care officials will direct you on what action to take.

If you have COVID 19 suspicions and require emergency services (911), please inform them during the call so the proper precautions can be taken before their arrival.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND ENHANCED CLEANING

Respiratory illnesses are easily transmitted and can greatly affect patients and the staff providing care. When you come to the Hospital you may see staff in personal protective equipment, known as PPE. This is no cause for alarm, but is one of the ways health care workers protect themselves while providing care to our patients. As is common practice for NBRHC during times of increased risk of respiratory illness, there is also enhanced cleaning happening in some of our high traffic areas.

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