March 16, 2021 – The Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT) and the North of Superior Healthcare (NOSH) group are reporting one (1) new positive case of COVID-19 in Marathon.
The individual who tested positive is a Chronic Care resident at the Wilson Memorial General Hospital. Currently, there are three (3) individuals that have been affected by the outbreak in the hospital’s Chronic Care unit, one employee and two residents.
The residents who have tested positive are currently in isolation and being monitored for symptoms. All other residents have been tested and will continue to receive surveillance testing every 3 to 5 days, as will the staff who work in the Chronic Care unit.
Contact tracing is currently being done by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. If you are a high risk close contact, the TBDHU will contact you. If you are deemed a high risk contact and require testing, the public health liaison that you speak with will help you to figure out what day is the best day for you to be tested to get the most accurate results.
NOSH has taken actions to ensure the safety of all employees, physicians and learners, patients and essential care partners. Prior to the outbreak, significant measures were already in place at NOSH to reduce likelihood of transmission of the virus within the hospital. Additional precautions have been implemented to comply with provincial outbreak guidelines, including restricting visitation to some essential care partners and expanding infection control measures.
Adam Brown, NOSH CEO, says “I want to assure our patients that the hospital remains a safe place to receive care. The NOSH team has been working very hard to manage the outbreak and minimize any risk of transmission in our facility and in our communities.”
The MFHT and NOSH will keep our communities informed regarding the outbreak and its potential impact on the programs and services offered at the hospital.