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NBRHC: No COVID-19 cases but increased precautions in place

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The North Bay Regional Health Centre reports it currently has no positive cases of COVID-19 but 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.”

Visitors asked to postpone visits to NBRHC if they are unwell.

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

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NBRHC says it 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.

Respiratory illnesses are easily transmitted and can greatly affect patients and the staff providing care. Visitors might see staff in personal protective equipment.

“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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