Today a health care worker at the North Bay Regional Health Centre tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently in self-isolation and presenting with mild symptoms. At this time, there are no other confirmed COVID-19 cases with our staff, physicians or patients.
The Health Centre continues to take a number of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including restricting visitors and a Universal Mask Initiative—all efforts that aim to keep our Hospital community safe.
“In an effort to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among our staff, physicians, patients and community, our Health Centre instituted a universal mask initiative on April 8,” says Tiziana Silveri, Executive Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “The safety of our patients and staff is always a priority and we are taking additional infection prevention and control measures including enhanced cleaning—all to continue to keep your Hospital safe.”
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is working collaboratively with the Hospital on contact tracing activities to identify and follow-up with close contacts of the staff member confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is important to remember that most people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. This will help keep the emergency room resources available for trauma and emergent care patients. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your travel history and your symptoms.
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North Bay Regional Health Centre
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North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit