First COVID-19 case reported among hospital staff at Sudbury's Health Sciences North

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Health Sciences North has confirmed its first ever COVID-19 case involving a staff member at the hospital. HSN is the largest hospital in Northern Ontario.

“During the holidays, HSN had its first case during the pandemic of workplace transmission of COVID-19 between an employee who contracted COVID-19 through community transmission and another health care worker,” said an email from hospital communications officer Jason Turnbull on Monday evening.

Turnbull said immediate steps were taken for the staff member to self-isolate as per public health guidelines.

“HSN’s Occupational Health and Safety team worked closely with Public Health on contact tracing. No other contact in the workplace tested positive,” said the email.

The hospital also said in a news release that it continues to implement stringent safety practices and guidelines around masking, social distancing and handwashing.

No information was provided on the nature of work performed by the staff member or which department the person worked in.

"HSN is a safe place for people to work, learn or receive care. HSN is unable to comment further due to staff privacy requirements," said the news release.

Len Gillis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sudbury.com