Health Unit Receives Extra Support from Province with COVID-19 Case Follow-Up

Due to a surge in local cases, reinforcements are on the way to assist the local public health agency with its COVID-19 case and contact management efforts.

As of today (April 9), the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) is getting support from the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Provincial Work Force (PWF) to do follow up with local COVID-19 cases and contacts. Approximately 40% of eligible cases will be assigned to PWF going forward.

PWF is a centralized case and contact management team that was created within the Ministry of Health to help with pandemic response. Its staff include trained contact tracers and case managers, who are already assisting many other public health units across Ontario, including those in Windsor-Essex, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton, Toronto, Waterloo, Peel and York.

Will local residents notice a difference? Not at all, according to the local Medical Officer of Health.

“Anyone who needs to be contacted in connection with COVID-19 will continue to be followed up by qualified public health professionals, who can offer them the advice and guidance they need to stay safe and prevent further spread,” says Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health with HKPRDHU. “We’re extremely grateful for this extra provincial support. It comes at a critical juncture, when our staff are already extremely busy responding to a surge in local COVID-19 cases, providing COVID-19 vaccinations at mass immunization clinics across our region, and carrying out other pandemic response work.”

Ramp Down at Northumberland Hills Hospital

Elective surgeries and non-emergent/non-urgent acute care activities affected

 Effective Monday, April 12th, 12:01 AM, Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) will be postponing selected non-urgent procedures, including: elective surgeries, non-urgent Diagnostic Imaging procedures and non-urgent Ambulatory Care activities.

“The goal is to work together as a province to do all in our power to preserve our system’s overall critical care and human resource capacity in the face of rising COVID-19 case counts and community transmission,” Linda Davis, NHH President and CEO.

The NHH Emergency Department will continue to operate as normal, including the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre, and all urgent care will continue to be provided. There will be no impact to patients who are currently admitted to hospital.

NHH staff are now in the process of placing calls to elective/non-urgent patients and families impacted by the ramp-down. These calls will continue in the coming days. If you do not receive a call, please assume your procedure or service will continue as planned.

NHH is not taking these steps alone but rather with all hospitals across the province on direction received last evening (April 8) from the provincial government.

Positive COVID-19 Case at Cameco Fuel Manufacturing Cobourg

On April 9, 2021, a Cameco employee from Cameco Fuel Manufacturing (CFM) in Cobourg has positive for COVID-19. The employee was last at work in the morning of April 9 and was not experiencing any symptoms.

This employee had made a personal decision to seek testing because of the recent community spread in the area. Once notified of the positive result, this individual left the facility and contacted the site nurse. Cameco is providing the affected employee with support to ensure they have the resources they need.

Cleaning and disinfection protocols established in the event of a suspected positive COVID-19 case were quickly carried out.

This individual followed all COVID-19 protocols while at work including wearing a medical-grade mask. However, because of the surge of COVID-19 cases in the local area and out of an abundance of caution, a handful of employees have been sent home to self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 test. There is no impact to operations.

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