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Thunder Bay hospital lowers COVID-19 response level

COVID activity is decreasing, but influenza and other respiratory illnesses continue to impact the hospital

THUNDER BAY — The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has lowered its internal COVID-19 pandemic response level.

The hospital announced Monday that its move from Red (Control) to Orange (Restrict) is based on the decreasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the community and region.

In addition, it said the number of COVID-related hospitalizations in Thunder Bay has been steadily falling "as we see less active COVID-19 cases in the community."

As of Monday, there were 20 patients admitted to TBRHSC who were COVID-19 positive, but none of these patients were in the intensive care unit.

The hospital cautioned that although COVID activity is declining, it expects it will continue to experience the impact of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

"For this reason," it said, "we are cautiously changing our response level and will continue to maintain masking, entrance screening and response activities to maintain our operational needs as we work through the demands of this current wave of illnesses."

As of Monday, TBRHSC's medical and surgical occupancy was about 104 per cent, while the ICU occupancy was approximately 82 per cent.



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