Walkerton's hospital is re-opening admissions to non-COVID-19 patients.
The acute care units at South Bruce Grey Health Centre's Kincardine and Walkerton sites were designated as dedicated COVID-19/respiratory units on April 6 in preparation for a surge of patients requiring admission.
A release from South Bruce Grey Health Centre explains the decision to return Walkerton hospital to a non-COVID site is to alleviate some pressure on the Durham and Chesley hospitals, which have seen higher volumes of patients.
"The surge of patients in hospital that SBGHC has been preparing for has not yet materialized, and as a result, the volume of (non-COVID) patients being admitted to the Chesley an Durham hospitals has been steadily increasing, while volumes in Kincardine and Walkerton remain very low," a statement from the hospital organization explains.
Emergency departments at all four South Bruce Grey Health Centre hospitals in Walkerton, Kincardine, Chesley and Durham continue to operate normally. Patients should still go to their nearest hospital if they require care.
"If a patient presents with (respiratory or COVID-19) symptoms, staff and physicians will take all the necessary precautions to care for them in designated areas within the emergency department, with personal protective equipment to ensure there is no transfer of infection," a release from SBGHC says.
South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Michael Barrett says people should not stay away from the emergency department for fear of COVID-19.
"There are significant infection control measures in place at all four of our sites to protect our patients," he explains. "Our emergency departments are open and here for you should you require hospital care."