Hotel Dieu Doctor Tests Negative For COVID-19

Sunday March 15th, 2020

Posted at 4:16pm

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Hotel Dieu has announced that the doctor who was tested after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 has tested negative.

Officials had notified the media and the public on Thursday that one of their physicians who had just returned from a cruise was experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19.

Hotel Dieu administration identified 22 staff members and eight patients who had come into contact with the doctor.

Officials said in a release Sunday afternoon that the physician was tested and has received word that the results came back negative.

“HDGH has notified all patients and staff who were in isolation pending the results,” officials said.

“Although, there is a sense of relief that this case has come back negative, HDGH still remains committed to the restrictions that have been set out for staff, physicians, patients and visitors.”

The following precautions and restrictions will remain in place, according to hospital officials:

  • Entry points to the main campus will be limited to the Tayfour Building main entrance and Emara Building main entrance. Entrances have been restricted at the Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre (TSC). In addition to this, entrances to the Regional Children’s Centre and Withdrawal Management Services programs are also restricted through the main entrances. Signage will be placed at all entry points notifying as such.
  • Upon entering the hospital, each person will be actively screened. This means you will be asked of any respiratory signs, symptoms, and travel history.
  • Visitor restriction is in full effect with visiting hours changing from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. This means there will be no visitors to the organization outside of the one visitor per patient. There will be no visitors allowed under the age of 18. Palliative care patients will be allowed 2 visitors. Visitor restrictions will be reviewed on an individual case for compassionate grounds and may change as new information is received.
  • Effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 some of the outpatient and home based programs and services will be closed until further notice to ensure the safety and security of staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to closures, for all inpatient units, no passes will be issued. HDGH will be calling all patients who have appointments in the near future. The programs impacted are as follows:
    • Acquired Brain Injury
    • Cardiac Wellness
    • Bariatric Clinic
    • Outpatient Rehab
    • Geriatric Assessment Program
    • Pulmonary Rehab
    • Rehab Outreach
    • Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team
    • Physiatry
    • WPEP
    • Mood and Anxiety
    • Concurrent Disorder
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Problem Gambling and Digital Dependency (outpatient programming)
    • Addiction Assessment and Referral
    • RCC Residential
    • RCC Glengarda
    • RCC Outpatient Services
    • Volunteer Services
    • PMO/Research

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