Today Northumberland Hills Hospital said that “The number of admitted patients at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) continues to rise as case counts increase in the region.” Susan Walsh, President and CEO of NHH said: “Sadly, COVID-19 has not gone away.” The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) keeps track of outbreaks in high risk settings and one of the 11 Outbreaks in the region is NHH. Three of the Outbreaks are in Cobourg – see list below. According to HKPR, the count of cases in Cobourg is 8 but the Hospital says that “We currently have eleven admitted patients confirmed positive for COVID-19. Some are here because of COVID-19, some came to hospital for other reasons but were found to have COVID-19 through our screening procedures and, unfortunately, some (five individuals) appear to have contracted COVID-19 while inside the hospital through person-to-person transmission.”
The overall situation does not seem bad although there is an uptick as measured by sewage tests per this graph:
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The Hospital is taking all precautions including insisting that all staff are vaccinated and mandatory masking – see their full announcement below.
Visitors must be masked and will continue to have access to free masks on entry to the hospital and in-person visiting is paused for inpatients confirmed positive.