Temiskaming Hospital is advising the public that a COVID-19 outbreak continues at the hospital. Two more cases have occurred since the initial outbreak and one of those cases is being investigated as a potential new outbreak.  

As a result, the enhanced infection control measures and temporary designated care partner/visitor restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Temiskaming Hospital is asking for the public’s cooperation to help minimize the risk of transmission to and from patients, visitors and staff:

  • All in-patient areas of the hospital are closed to visitors and Designated Care Partners for long-term care and acute care patients until further notice.
  • Designated Care Partners are still allowed for palliative, obstetrical and pediatric patients.
  • Care partners are also allowed to accompany outpatients who need support due to physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional conditions or needing a substitute decision-maker while attending the hospital for appointments, tests, procedures or emergent care.
  • Care partners will need to show proof of vaccination and identification prior to entering the facility.
  • All Designated Care Partners must pass the screening questionnaire administered by the hospital’s Screening Agents prior to entering the hospital.

Please see the Temiskaming Hospital Website and Facebook page for more details on vaccination and screening requirements.

“This is certainly a set back as we had hoped to be able to ease some restrictions for the Easter Weekend, but with new cases under investigation, and after considering the mental health aspects of visitations, we just cannot accept the current level of risk,” said President & CEO Mike Baker. “I urge the public to be kind and respectful of all our staff as we do everything we can to protect our staff and your loved ones.”

The Timiskaming Health Unit is working with the Hospital in ensuring best practices are being followed during this time.

Temiskaming Hospital will continue to update the public on the outbreak.