Visitor Restrictions Lifted in the Emergency Department at SAH

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Sault Area Hospital (SAH) has now lifted visitor restrictions in the Emergency Department. The restrictions were in place due to an increase in Norovirus-like symptoms. The hospital continues to encourage one visitor per person in the Emergency Department.

3B and 3C medical units remain closed to visitors until further notice. Exceptions may be permitted on compassionate grounds and at the discretion of staff. Restricting visitation is necessary to help stem the spread of infection in the hospital and protect the well-being of patients and staff. SAH apologizes to patients’ families and loved ones for the inconvenience and unit staff will be available to respond to phone calls and provide updates as requested.

Symptoms of Norovirus can include acute onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or abdominal cramps. In addition, myalgia (muscle pain), malaise and headaches are often reported.

Patients who are coming to Emergency or to access other medical services are asked to clean their hands often with the solution provided throughout the facility and to be respectful of any other direction or requests from staff.

The hospital will continue to monitor the situation closely, including an ongoing review of the visitor restriction status, and advise the public of any changes.

Residents are also reminded that they can also contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for free access to a registered nurse who can assess symptoms and help residents to decide next steps.

SAH wishes to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation.

To find out more about SAH, visit: www.sah.on.ca

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