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The new entrance area at Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. Photo: James Morgan

Second COVID-19 outbreak announced at Hawkesbury hospital, five deaths due to COVID-19 at facility

On March 25, 2021, the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH), in collaboration with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), confirmed a second COVID-19 outbreak on an inpatient unit. The first outbreak was declared on March 17, 2021.

As of 11:00 a.m. on March 25, 2021, there are 16 admitted patients and 5 staff that have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been five deaths related to the COVID-19 virus.

HGH would like to offer its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the patients that have lost their lives to this virus.

“My heart goes out to the family of the deceased and everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19. We have learned a lot throughout this past year about managing this deadly virus. Our medical and nursing teams are working hard to manage this outbreak. As we see an increase of COVID-19 in the community, we must all do our part and use extreme caution to stop the spread of this virus,” said HGH Chief of Staff, Dr. Julie Maranda.

As part of its outbreak management plan, HGH continues to work closely with the EOHU to strengthen infection prevention and control measures to minimize the impacts of this pandemic and deliver safe care to our community.