SAH Health Care Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

– On January 8, 2021, we received confirmation that a Sault Area Hospital (SAH) health care worker tested positive for COVID-19.

SAH is actively working closely with the staff member, our team, and Algoma Public Health.  We have confirmed all appropriate and best practice infection prevention and control measures were taken to avoid the spread among staff and patients.

The health care worker was tested following the exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual and has remained in self-isolation at home since receiving notification of the exposure.  SAH and Algoma Public Health are working to ensure that persons impacted are being notified.

We know there is currently community spread of COVID-19, and we urge our community to continue to practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and stay home.  We want to assure you that SAH is taking all proper precautions and steps to keep all staff, physicians, volunteers and patients safe. Including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, limiting visitors, active screening of patients and visitors, increased cleaning and sanitation of our public areas and equipment. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

The SAH team continues to work hard to keep our community and health care workers safe through continued infection prevention and control measures, including effective use of personal protective equipment.  Thank you to all of our staff, physicians, and volunteers for their determination and cooperation.

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