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Paid parking resuming at Timmins hospital

It starts July 13 and there will be additional cleaning measures at all pay stations
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Timmins and District Hospital. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Paid parking is resuming at Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) next week.

The fees will be collected starting Monday, July 13, said TADH communications specialist Kaileigh Russell. 

"To ensure the health and safety of all our patients, visitors, staff and physicians additional cleaning measures will be implemented at all pay stations," she said.

After having visitor restrictions for months due to COVID-19, limited in-patient visitors started June 28 as part of the hospital's phased approach to resuming services.

Right now, in-patients are allowed up to two, one-hour visits per week. Those visits are with up to two designated visitors over the age of 16 who are scheduled for alternating visits.

"As part of the phased approach only designated visitors will be permitted at this time," said Russell in an email. 

"Hospital staff will reach out to patients to identify these visitors and will call to schedule visitation. We would like to remind visitors that the cafeteria is closed to the public at this time. We are also asking that visitors not bring in food or drinks for themselves as it requires removal of their mask during the visit."

There are currently no known active cases of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit area.

To date, there have been 67 confirmed cases. Of those, 59 are resolved and eight people have died. The last positive test was June 21.

"While we have not had any new cases recently it’s important to know that we are not over COVID-19. It’s important that we continue to follow the guidance provided by public health to avoid a resurgence of cases in our community. Please respect the physical distancing recommendations and consider wearing a non-medical mask when physical distancing can’t be maintained. We are asking that anyone attending the hospital please consider bringing their own non-medical mask with them," Russell said.

Maija Hoggett

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