Sudbury hospital confirms second case of COVID-19 involving a staff member

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Health Sciences North (HSN) confirmed Friday a staff member at the hospital has tested positive for COVID-19. This is believed to be the second confirmed case of COVID among an HSN staff member since the pandemic began. Sudbury.Com reported on the first confirmed case in early January.

"HSN’s Occupational Health and Safety team and Infection Prevention and Control Team worked closely with Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) on follow up contact tracing, which has now been completed for healthcare workers and patients," said a statement from HSN Friday.

"While it was confirmed there were no patient exposures, several other healthcare workers were identified as being at risk of exposure and are now self-isolating, monitoring for symptoms and will be tested if appropriate," the statement continued.

HSN also said it will continue to investigate the source of transmission. For privacy reasons, HSN is not able to publicly identify the department where the staff member was assigned.

"HSN continues to implement stringent safety practices and guidelines around masking, social distancing and handwashing. HSN continues to be a safe place to work, learn, and receive care. HSN is unable to comment further due to staff privacy requirements," said the statement.

Len Gillis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sudbury.com