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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre COVID-19 Daily Situation Report

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre COVID-19 Daily Situation Report

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Status as of 11:00 am:
Tests performed yesterday (Assessment Centre and in Hospital) = 101
Tests Performed total (Assessment Centre and in Hospital) = 2300

Presumptive Cases in Hospital = 22

Total Positive Cases in Hospital = 1

Positive Cases in ICU = 1

Patients in COVID-19 Care Unit = 6 

Hospital Occupancy = 72%

Due to COVID-19, there has been a significant increase of requests to provide to other health care facilities digital images required for patient care. Our Hospital is pursuing an electronic image transfer solution to manage these requests in a timely manner. Information Systems (IS) will procure a file exchange system solution to enable digital image file transfers between our Hospital and facilities with which our Hospital has existing agreements and are supported by the IS Picture and Archiving Communications System (PACS) Team.

Today, our Hospital issued a survey for staff and professional staff. The purpose of this survey is to gather information regarding the impact of and the response to the Hospital’s COVID-19. Responses will shape how our Hospital supports staff and professional staff immediately and in the future. Please take five minutes to complete the survey at

Data issued on May 1 demonstrates that efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve in our community are working. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit service area has an incidence rate of 46.7 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. The rate for the Northwestern Health Unit service area is 18.3. The rate for Canada overall is 142.7, and for Ontario is 113.3. We are grateful to all community members, and all health care workers, for your diligence. Your actions save lives.

Please continue safe practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At our Hospital, this includes physical distancing while enjoying breaks in outdoor patios and courtyards. When unable to maintain a physical distance of two meters, all staff must wear masks. Please remember to follow guidance to ensure masks are safely donned and doffed as necessary.

Steps for Donning a Mask:
1. Perform hand hygiene;
2. Secure ear loops behind ears;
3. Mold metal piece to nose bridge;
4. Perform hand hygiene;
5. Keep hands away from face and do not touch the front of the mask.

Steps for Doffing a Mask and Storage:
1. Perform hand hygiene;
2. Grasp ear loops and remove without touching the front of the mask (ties/ear loops/straps are considered ‘clean’ and may be touched with hands; the front of the mask is considered to be contaminated);
3. Bend forward to allow the mask to fall away from the face;
4. Place mask on a clean surface with the inner mask portion facing upward to avoid contamination. Alternatively place in paper bag;
5. Perform hand hygiene.

Other considerations:
• Take extra care when removing a mask as this is when self-contamination may occur;
• Do not touch the front of the mask, and if so, immediately perform hand hygiene;
• Careful and meticulous hand hygiene must occur after handling a used mask to avoid

All previously issued COVID-19 Daily Situation Reports are available at

Please forward any questions/concerns to your supervisor.

For questions about COVID-19 testing criteria, please contact the TBDHU’s Infectious Disease Program at 807-625-5900 or toll free at 1-888-294-6630.

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COVID-19 Daily Situation Report videos:

All Hospital COVID-19 updates are available on the iNtranet at

TBRHSC Daily Situation Report

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