Visitors will no longer be able to visit the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) as of 8:00 p.m. tonight.
According to the hospital, visitors will be able to enter the building under “exceptional” circumstances as approved by a manager or designate of the respective unit or department.
“Any visitors that need to be here under exceptional circumstances must be 18 years or older and pass the screening at our Emergency Department entrance,” said the release. “Visitors could be turned away at the unit level if they do not meet the criteria for exceptional circumstances. Patients attending our Emergency Department may bring a maximum of one adult support person.”
“The Health Centre is working through the details of scaling down our non-urgent clinical activities and will provide further information when it is available over the next 24-48 hours,” the hospital added. “Patients with existing surgeries and appointments will be contacted directly by the hospital.”
NBRHC says there are no positive cases of COVID-19 at the hospital to date. They add if anyone may be experiencing symptoms of the virus, to call the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 extension 5229 to speak to public health nurse or call your health care provider in order to keep the emergency room resources available to those who need it.