Leadership with the Lake of the Wood District Hospital has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

In a prepared release to the media, the hospital says "Lake of the Woods District Hospital has activated its pandemic plan in response to two hospital patients testing positive for COVID-19. The health and safety of patients, their families, staff, professional staff, and volunteers is our utmost priority."

As a result of the outbreak, immediate visitor restrictions have been put in place effective 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, and will be in place until further notice. This is so hospital staff can determine the extent of the spread in the facility.

Limited exceptions may apply to end-of-life patients, as well as other extenuating circumstances. Any exceptions will be determined by the unit manager or delegate.

The release went on to say, "Early recognition and swift actions in response to these episodes are essential for effective management of any outbreak. Actions will include contact tracing, testing, and isolation of exposed staff and patients. Our Infection Control team is currently investigating the origin of the outbreak."

The hospital will offer further comment once they know the extent of the outbreak.