Campbellford hospital treats first COVID-19 patient in emergency department

Campbellford Memorial Hospital treated its first patient with the novel coronavirus in the emergency department on Tuesday.

According to the Trent Hills, Ont., hospital, an individual visited the emergency department, where its medical team swabbed the patient and screened for symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The hospital, located 50 kilometres southeast of Peterborough, says the patient was sent home to self-isolate, as it was determined the patient did not require hospital admission.

The hospital says it is working with the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit and medical officers of health to provide followup care and contact management with the confirmed COVID-19 patient.

“It’s important to acknowledge the planning, preparation and infection control efforts occurring to date within the hospital to ensure the safety of our hospital community and limit the potential spread of infection,” said hospital president and CEO Varouj Eskedjian.

We are grateful to the care team who supported this patient with warmth, compassion and professionalism. Our team from ED, diagnostic imaging and lab worked effectively together. This experience indicates the systems and process we have established worked really well when we needed them most.”

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