The Northwestern Health Unit has declared a suspected COVID-19 outbreak at the LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

This comes as one patient has tested positive for COVID-19. In a release dated January 8, Riverside Health Care says they’re currently working to test all inpatients, as well as continuing to test all staff members twice a week.

At this time, the hospital is introducing restrictions to only allow visitors or caregivers for palliative, critically ill, obstetric, pediatric and emergency patients. Each of these exceptions are allowed to have 1 visitor, while palliative patients are allowed two visitors.

Riverside Health Care and the NWHU also declared a respiratory outbreak at Rainycrest on December 28, where all symptomatic individuals were tested for COVID-19, but all tests came back as negative.

As of January 10, the NWHU is reporting a total of 419 active cases of COVID-19 in the region, including 28 confirmed cases in the Fort Frances health hub.