Dr. Kimberley Morrison, chief of staff at the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital (LACGH) has confirmed that a hospital health care professional with recent travel history to Barbados has tested positive for COVID-19.
The health care professional developed symptoms, and was assessed at LACGH on March 16. They are recovering at home, have been put on self-isolation and are being monitored by KFL&A Public Health. To protect the health of the public and prevent community spread, KFL&A Public Health is investigating and following up with close contacts both inside and outside the hospital.
Hospital staff are taking precautions to protect patients by self-isolating appropriately. Patients in the hospital were not in contact with this staff member and are not considered to be at risk. Given the spread of this virus around the world over the last few weeks, this first case in our community was anticipated and pre-emptive measures and planning are in place to effectively work through this situation. Risk to FKL&A residents remains low.
KFL&A Public Health is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and other local health care providers to monitor the situation and protect the community. To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, visit www.Kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus.