First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Peterborough area: health unit

Dr. Lynn Mikula, chief of staff and chief medical officer of PRHC, said the hospital team responded “quickly and professionally” with the appropriate precautions and protocols to ensure the safety of those in the emergency department and the hospital.

“Beginning Monday, March 16, patients and visitors will see additional active screening measures, limited hospital entry points and restrictions for visitors and volunteers, and we continue to ask people to delay coming to the hospital for any non-urgent appointments, procedures or visits,” she said.

“Thank you in advance to the people of our community and region for their cooperation and diligence, including practising excellent hand cleaning and social distancing, as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our patients, visitors, health-care professionals, staff and volunteers safe.”

It’s the health unit’s first case. Nearby cases have been confirmed in Northumberland County and City of Kawartha Lakes.

Anyone who has travelled and arrived back to Canada and is showing signs of fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of returning to Canada are advised to self-isolate as quickly as possible and contact health-care professionals or Peterborough Public Health.

Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien said city staff will be meeting Monday morning to further discuss measures. In a tweet she encouraged residents to continue social distancing as much as possible. Peterborough Public Health has scheduled a press conference on Monday afternoon for further updates.

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