The Lake of the Woods District Hospital is now allowing one designated visitor to visit with their loved ones within the facility, as visiting restrictions ease in Kenora’s hospital.

Hospital staff say designated visitors are those deemed essential to the emotional well-being, health and quality of life of loved ones. In most cases, visitors should be a close family member or friend. Visiting hours are between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

All designated visitors must bring and wear a mask upon entering the hospital. Visitors will be screened at the hospital’s main lobby, not the emergency room entrance. Visitors will need to identify who they are there to see, and wear a visitor sticker.

Screening for COVID-19 is taking place for anyone working or coming into the hospital, and follows Ministry of Health guidelines. It will involve answering questions related to COVID-19 symptoms, temperature check as well as your travel history.

All patient visits will take place in the patient’s room. Visitors are reminded to always maintain physical distancing while in the hospital, and will be required to check out upon exit and return the sticker.

However, visitor restrictions will remain in place in the Emergency Department until further notice. Exceptions will be made for guardians of youth, or on a case-by-case basis by management.

Staff note that the visitor restrictions being eased were done in consultation with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Ontario government, hospital staff, patients and leadership.

Staff remind residents to always:

- Stay home if you’re sick,
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer,
- Practice proper respiratory etiquette,
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth,
- Avoid contact with people who are ill,
- Seek medical care if required, and disclose any recent travel history

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