NOSH UPDATE # 2
To help prevent the risk or spread of COVID-19, visitors are not permitted at the Hospital, including Wilkes Terrace Long Term Care, Chronic Care Units, and Peninsula Manor, effective immediately and until further notice. One (essential, approved by hospital) care partner, at one time is designated by the patient, resident, tenants, may enter facility to assist with care. A care partner supports and participates in the care of the patient and is a valuable member of the care team.
COVID 19 poses a significant risk to the health of our population which, as with all of Northern Ontario, is older, and has a higher burden of co-morbidities than the rest of Ontario.
To address the challenges we are anticipating facing, North of Superior Healthcare Group will be immediately implementing the following changes:
- Wilkes Terrace Long Term Care will be restricting visitors to 11 AM - 7 PM. All visitors will be actively screened at the main entrance to Wilkes Terrace.
- Both The McCausland Hospital and Wilson Memorial General Hospital will be restricting visitors to 8 AM - 4 PM. All visitors will be actively screened at the main entrance to each hospital. These visitor restrictions apply to both the acute and CCC wards.
- Peninsula Manor Seniors Supportive Living will be restricting visitors to 11 AM - 7 PM. All visitors will be exposed to passive screening measures at the main entrance
- Activities that include bringing the public into the organization are cancelled until further notice. This includes recreational activities, spiritual gatherings and meetings.
- Visitation to Wilkes Terrace and the Hospitals, during these revised visiting hours is restricted to only one (1) visitor per patient/resident. Visitors should only visit one loved one at a time and restrict visiting multiple rooms.
We encourage people to stay home if they are feeling unwell and not visit the Hospitals, Wilkes Terrace or Peninsula Manor.
It is important to note we are NOT in outbreak nor do we have any active cases of COVID 19. The directive is in place to protect your loved ones.
Information is available from the Public Health Unit and will be available at the assessment table, in the Emergency Department and on the Public Health website. If you are not in an area where COVID 19 is spreading or have not travelled from an area where COVID 19 is spreading or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low. It is understandable that you may feel anxious about the outbreak. Get the facts from reliable sources to help you accurately determine your risks. Seek guidance from WHO, your healthcare provider, the Public Health Unit or your employer for accurate information on COVID 19 and whether COVID 19 is circulating where you live.
To protect yourself keep safe social distance, wash your hands, avoid large public gatherings.
Now Screening for Wilkes Terrace Long Term Care
In a response to instructions from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, Wilkes Terrace Long Term Care will be screening all visitors prior to entering the wing. Visiting hours will be restricted to 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Francine Mattar, Long Term Care Manager, at 825-3273 ext. 285.
COVID 19 Case in Sudbury
Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) is aware of the COVID-19 case reported by Public Health Sudbury and Districts. This individual attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2020 convention in Toronto on March 1-4, 2020.
As a precaution, we are advising those who attended the convention to self-monitor until March 18. If an individual develops symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please call TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or 1 (888) 294-6630 or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 and we will help access testing and treatment.
For more information please visit https://www.tbdhu.com/news/first-case-of-covid-19-confirmed-northern-ontario-sudbury
COVID 19 - Preparations at your Clinic and Hospital
COVID 19 has been front and centre of the news for weeks. Here in Marathon we have been preparing for COVID 19 at the clinic and at the hospital. Our goal is to ensure two things: 1. That patients get the care that they need while at the same time, 2. We protect the health of our staff and other patients receiving care.
What you should expect
You should expect that when you call the clinic and ask for an appointment because of fever, cough or shortness of breath, you will be asked about your travel and contact history. If you are at risk of COVID 19 because of travel or contacts with someone who has COVID 19, you may be offered a phone appointment or offered a phone call back. If your symptoms are mild, we may ask you to stay put at home and self isolate until we can bring care to you. If your symptoms are serious, we will call ahead to the ER and ask you to go there for assessment.
You will be asked the same questions about your symptoms and your travel risk at reception in the clinic, and in the hospital and by nurses in ER too.
What we expect of you
CALL AHEAD! Please do not just come to the clinic or hospital if you think you are at risk of COVID 19 - call ahead so that we can ensure that we have time to prepare a safe space for you that protects others as well.
We expect you to do diligent hand washing or hand sanitizing when you come to the clinic and hospital (20 seconds! Enough time to sing the alphabet song, or Happy Birthday!)
If you have fever or a cough we expect you to put on a mask when you come into the clinic or hospital and LEAVE IT ON FULLY COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE UNTIL YOU ARE ASKED TO REMOVE IT. Do not take it off when you are in the exam room!
We will be working hard to try to protect our staff so that they are able to continue to care for the community - your friends, your neighbours, your family. Please help us to do that by being patient with the screening questions, answering honestly and following instructions.
We will keep you updated through the Marathon Mercury, Terrace Bay/Schreiber News, the hospital website and The McCausland Hospital, Wilson Memorial General Hospital, Marathon Family Health Team and North Shore Family Health Team Facebook pages.
Information on self-isolation can be found here: Public Health: How to Self Isolate