A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at an inpatient unit at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at an inpatient unit at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

Outbreak declared at Hawkesbury hospital

Stephen Jeffery
EAP
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH).

The outbreak was declared on Wednesday in an inpatient unit in the hospital’s east wing. At a media conference on Thursday, EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said he understood there were three cases at the hospital. Ontario defines an outbreak as “two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases (patients and/or staff) within a specified area (unit/floor/service) within a 14-day period where both cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in the hospital”.

UNE VERSION EN FRANÇAIS DE CET ARTICLE EST DISPONIBLE
Épidémie déclarée à l'hôpital de Hawkesbury

In a statement, the hospital said all patients in the affected unit had been isolated and screened for COVID-19. The EOHU would contact anyone admitted to the hospital during the period in question. COVID testing was not required for patients who used HGH services in ambulatory clinics, surgery, emergency, and medical imaging.

“We have communicated with all staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and everyone is following the appropriate procedures,” the HGH statement said. “Our no-visitors policy remains in effect.” 

Vaccines 

The EOHU is expected to receive 4800 doses of Pfizer vaccine until mid-April. To date, at least 16,335 vaccines have been administered in the region, including two doses to all long-term care and retirement home residents. 

Dr. Roumeliotis said just under 5000 people aged 80 and over had been booked into vaccine clinics through the province’s online booking system. Thirty-seven clinics were planned in the coming weeks, including at facilities in Hawkesbury, Rockland, and Casselman. Technical issues during the booking system’s launched prevented some people from accessing clinic vacancies at Cornwall and Casselman, but Dr. Roumeliotis said the province had since told the EOHU that the issues were resolved. 

The region 

There were 152 active cases in the EOHU region on Thursday, a fall of 29 since Wednesday. Fifty-two of those cases were related to variants of concern. Seventeen new cases were reported in the region overnight, including seven in Prescott-Russell. Twenty-nine cases were active in Prescott-Russell municipalities, including: 

  • 12 in Clarence-Rockland; 

  • 6 in Casselman; 

  • 4 in Alfred-Plantagenet; 

  • 4 in Hawkesbury; 

  • 2 in Russell; 

  • 1 in East Hawkesbury, and; 

  • 0 in Champlain and The Nation. 

The next EOHU media briefing is expected on Monday.