Leadership with the Lake of the Woods District Hospital is asking residents to self-isolate for at least seven days, before entering the hospital, if you travel outside of northwestern Ontario.

President and CEO Ray Racette is asking residents to make personal health their top priority, and says patients who have a non-urgent appointment -- who have travelled outside of the region -- may need to have their appointment rescheduled, if they have not self-isolated on return.

“Infection prevention measures are our best defence against COVID-19, and help to keep our hospital safe,” said Racette, in a prepared release.

As it stands, Racette says the hospital has not seen any hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

“Although entrance screening, mandatory masking, care partner restrictions, and travel limitations are sometimes difficult, these practices are in place for the protection of all,” Racette continued in the prepared statement.

The Northwestern Health Unit is recommending residents avoid non-essential travel to Manitoba, including Winnipeg. Those from the northwest -- who must visit Manitoba -- are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.

Racette notes that with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Canada, the hospital’s pandemic management team may have to implement further restrictions. He also adds that the hospital has been able to address surgical backlogs and increase surgical activity recently.

“We are extremely proud of our hospital’s, health Partners' and community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” adds Racette.

“The ongoing diligence of our collective efforts will ensure our region maintains its COVID-19 Green Status (prevent).Thank you for your dedication and understanding. We are in this together,” Racette continued. 

The Dryden Regional Health Centre is also prohibiting entry to their facility if a resident has travelled to Manitoba within the previous 14 days, unless it’s for emergency care.

For more information:
Travel restrictions for northwest, Manitoba
Hospital denies entry to Winnipeg travellers