May 10, 2022

DRYDEN, Ontario - Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in response to several patients testing positive for COVID-19. DRHC is ramping up infection control protocols as outlined in its Pandemic Plan in the interest of protecting patients, their families and staff.

DRHC is currently working with the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) to investigate the cause of the outbreak and to implement effective control strategies to minimize the risk to patients and staff.

While this investigation is ongoing, all visitation will be suspended for the next 24 hours, including Designated Essential Visitors. DRHC will reassess the situation, and provide further direction on visitation tomorrow.

In addition to existing stringent Infection Control protocols in place at DRHC, additional measures are in place, including testing for admitted patients and additional cleaning protocols for high- touch surfaces.

No service disruptions are expected as a result of the outbreak. Outpatient treatments and programs will continue as scheduled. If the situation changes and appointments must be rescheduled, patients will be contacted directly by the department.

"We are taking every precaution to contain the situation and prioritize the health and safety of our patients and staff," says Doreen Armstrong-Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer at Dryden Regional Health Centre. "DRHC continues to be a safe place for patients in the community to receive the care they need."

For further information, please contact:

Doreen Armstrong-Ross

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dryden Regional Health Centre

Telephone: (807) 223-8201 Extension 2260


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