COVID outbreak declared at Haliburton hospital

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Haliburton hospital.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the in-patient department of the Haliburton hospital.

In a release to media Sunday afternoon, HHHS spokesperson Lauren Hunter said there are five confirmed cases at the facility. All COVID-positive patients and those who may have been exposed have been isolated.  

The in-patient department will be closed to any further admissions until the outbreak is over. Visitors will be restricted to essential caregivers and for those receiving end-of-life care. Essential caregivers may only visit one at a time, must wear full PPE, including gown, gloves, mask and eye coverage, and should remain in the patient’s room at all times.

Volunteers are also restricted from entering the in-patient department until further notice.

Services at the Haliburton emergency department remain unaffected by this outbreak, with Hunter saying community members requiring emergency care should not hesitate to seek assistance.