A second outbreak in as many weeks has been declared at Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.
A second outbreak in as many weeks has been declared at Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

Second outbreak declared at hospital

Stephen Jeffery
EAP
A second outbreak has been declared at an inpatient unit at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

The hospital and Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) declared the second outbreak on Thursday morning. The first was declared last Wednesday in the hospital’s east wing. The EOHU website said the latest outbreak was in the complex continuing care and medical-surgical units of the hospital.

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As of Thursday morning, 16 patients and five staff had tested positive for COVID-19. Five people have died. In a statement, the hospital offered its condolences to the the family and friends of those who died of the virus, and said staff were working with EOHU to strengthen infection control measures. 

Hospital chief of staff Dr. Julie Maranda said the medical and nursing teams were working hard to stem the spread of the virus. “My heart goes out to the family of the deceased and everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19,” she said. "As we see an increase of COVID-19 in the community, we must all do our part and use extreme caution to stop the spread of this virus.” 

More information is expected during an EOHU media briefing on Thursday afternoon.