COVID-19 Major Setback at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Emergency Room Entrance TBRHSC
Emergency Room Entrance TBRHSC

THUNDER BAY – Dr. Stewart Kennedy is calling the situation evolving from an out of town doctor who tested positive for COVID-19 a “major setback”.

There are 250 people, primarily staff and patients who have been tested for COVID-19 with results expected by Thursday or Friday.

Contact Tracing to ensure all persons who may be been in contact with those people is ongoing.

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, as a result, has moved to cancel the planned expansion of deemed “non-essential services at the facility.

Dr. Kennedy says that the risk is low, but that the TBRHSC is doing everything it can to ensure safety.

The TBRHSC is stating that the risk of COVID-19 in this situation is low because the doctor’s symptoms were “very mild”. The doctor who did test positive had no symptoms and had been past the 14-day high-risk period.

Currently, in the Thunder Bay District, the Health Unit is reporting there are 724 pending tests. The testing rate in the district is 7088.4 per 100,000 of population which is higher than the rest of Ontario where the testing rate is 5102 per 100,000 of population.