FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WNGH Restricting Visitors to the Hospital Effective Tonight
Hospital scaling down non-urgent clinical activity

WEST NIPISSING, ON – Effective tonight at 8:00 pm (March 17), visitors will no longer be permitted access to the West Nipissing General Hospital (WNGH) unless under exceptional circumstances as approved by the manager or designate of the respective department or unit.

Visitors under exceptional circumstances must be 18 years or older and pass the screening at our Emergency Department entrance. Visitors could be turned away at the unit level if they do not meet the criteria for exceptional circumstances.

Patients attending our Emergency Department may bring a maximum of one adult support person.

WNGH has no positive cases of COVID-19 at our hospital.

The WNGH is working through the details of scaling down our non-urgent clinical activities and will provide further information when it is available over the next 24-48 hours. Patients with existing appointments will be contacted directly by the hospital.

Help keep our emergency room resources available for emergent and urgent care patients. Call the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 extension 5229 to speak to a public health nurse or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 if you suspect COVID-19 exposure.