A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the in-patient Department of the Haliburton Hospital late Thursday.

According to a letter sent by Haliburton Highlands Health Services, there are currently three confirmed patient cases linked to the outbreak, all asymptomatic. 

Officials say all patients in that department have been isolated as a result and the department was closed to any further admissions, with visitors limited to only those receiving end-of-life care. According to officials, volunteers are also restricted from entering the department at this time.    

Carolyn Plummer, President & CEO of HHHS says “HHHS will continue to put the health and safety of our patients, residents, and staff first, through our rigorous infection prevention and control measures.” 

HHHS says services in the Emergency Department remain unaffected by the outbreak and community members in need of emergency care should not hesitate to seek assistance.  Officials say enhanced cleaning will be conducted in the In-patient Department and staff will monitor themselves for symptoms. 

HHHS also says neighbouring partner hospitals, including Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital, have been contacted in case an admission is needed to an In-patient Department.