KENORA — Lake of the Woods District Hospital is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak within part of its campus.
Unit 2E (Med Surg) is the affected portion of the hospital. The hospital did not disclose how many COVID infections have surfaced there.
“The LWDH Infection Control team is working collaboratively with the Northwestern Health Unit to ensure effective control strategies,” a statement issued by the hospital said.
The situation is being monitored, hospital management will meet to discuss it and “if there’s anything further to share it will go out to the public,” LWDH spokesperson Charlene Kissick said Monday.
Face masks are available to visitors when they enter the hospital, she added. “You can pick one up at the (reception) desk.”
The outbreak comes amid a surge in respiratory illnesses in the region. The regional health unit’s website reported that three people in its catchment area were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the week ending Nov. 4, and influenza A was recently confirmed in the region.
The health unit encourages people to get vaccinated and “wear a well-constructed, tight-fitting mask in indoor public settings, particularly if you’re somewhat high risk of severe infection,” said medical officer of health Dr. Kit Young Hoon.