Northern Health Tightens Visiting Rules

Kathy Brookes

The limits on visiting Northern Health facilities are now stricter. 

The health authority announced Monday that to support the Provincial Health Officer's directions around social distancing and protect residents, patients and staff from COVID-19, it had made the difficult decision to allow only essential visits to its facilities, including hospitals and extended care homes.

The notice says essential visits will be considered for patients who are critically ill, receiving end-of-life care, or are frail and need an escort or family member for their safety.

And eligible essential visitors must pass strict screening criteria.

They cannot have a cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat or shortness of breath, and they cannot have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

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