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North Shore Health Network staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Blind River staff member 'acquired their COVID-19 infection through exposure outside of the work setting,' says NSHN
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The North Shore Health Network (NSHN) confirmed today that a staff member at the Blind River site has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a news release issued today, the NSHN stated that the staff member is currently self-isolating and all known close contacts have been notified.

"This person acquired their COVID-19 infection through exposure outside of the work setting," the release says.

Full text of the NSHN news release follows:

BLIND RIVER - The North Shore Health Network (NSHN) has received confirmation from Algoma Public Health that a staff member from the Blind River site has tested positive for COVID-19. This person acquired their COVID-19 infection through exposure outside of the work setting.

NSHN has worked closely with the worker, confirming that while at work all appropriate and best practice infection prevention and control measures were taken. The worker is self-isolating at home, following public health direction. In collaboration with NSHN, Algoma Public Health has conducted contact tracing and has notified all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted directly by Algoma Public Health, you are not considered a close contact.

Our team continues to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic. The safety of workers, providers, patients, clients, residents and visitors is a top priority. We urge the community to continue to follow public health guidance. Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands often, and stay home as much as possible.

Thank you for treating our healthcare workers with kindness and respect.