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HSN confirms its first case involving hospital staff

Health Sciences North says transmission was limited to one person
Health Sciences North. (File)

Health Sciences North has confirmed its first ever COVID-19 case involving a staff member at the hospital.

“During the holidays, HSN had its first case during the pandemic of workplace transmission of COVID-19 between an employee who contracted COVID-19 through community transmission and another health care worker,” said an email from hospital communications officer Jason Turnbull on Monday evening.

Turnbull said immediate steps were taken for the staff member to self-isolate as per public health guidelines.

“HSN’s Occupational Health and Safety team worked closely with Public Health on contact tracing. No other contact in the workplace tested positive,” said the email.

The hospital also said that it continues to implement stringent safety practices and guidelines around masking, social distancing and handwashing. HSN is a safe place for people to work, learn or receive care. HSN is unable to comment further due to staff privacy requirements.

About the Author: Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

Len Gillis is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter at covering health care in northeastern Ontario and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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