COVID-19 outbreak declared at Arnprior hospital’s inpatient unit 

Special to WC Online

ARNPRIOR – Officials at Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Arnprior hospital.

“Yesterday (July 28), under the guidance of Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Arnprior Regional Health’s Inpatient Unit,” ARH communications manager Melissa McDermott released in a statement today (July 29).

There is currently confirmation of four patient cases associated with the outbreak and no confirmed staff cases at this time. 

“Due to the outbreak, visitor access to the inpatient unit has been paused except for visitors of end-of-life patients,” McDermott said. “In partnership with RCDHU, the ARH’s Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health and Safety teams have implemented the necessary outbreak protocols to protect the health and safety of patients and staff.”

This includes:  

  • Contact tracing and testing 
  • Isolation protocols 
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas 
  • Increased PPE measures for staff

The outbreak has not impacted patient access to the emergency department, diagnostic imaging or outpatient clinics.  

“During the temporary pause to visitor access, family and friends can stay connected with patients in the inpatient unit through video chats (please arrange with the team) and telephone calls,” McDermott said.

ARH is a 140-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing care to the residents of west Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills.

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