No visitors allowed at Bracebridge hospital due to facility-wide COVID-19 outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital (SMMH) means visitors are not allowed inside the facility, including the emergency department.

“Throughout the hospital, including the emergency department, no visitors are allowed for inpatient and outpatients during the outbreak period except for essential caregivers and other special circumstances,” Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) stated in a news release.

The outbreak currently includes eight patients and six staff across four inpatient units.

” Testing of patients and staff continues to occur as part of outbreak management protocols, and enhanced cleaning practices are underway to limit spread. Additional masking and other personal protective equipment requirements are also in place,” according to MAHC.