Perth’s emergency department will reopen on July 24

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“While we must all recognize that the risks posed by COVID are ever-present, we have developed a solid plan to ensure we can restore emergency services in our community.”

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Perth’s emergency department will reopen on July 24, more than three weeks after closing due to an outbreak of COVID-19 and a shortage of nurses, the hospital announced on Friday.

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Since early July, patients who would normally use Perth Hospital had to travel approximately 25 kilometers to Smiths Falls to access emergency care.

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has campuses in Perth and Smiths Falls.

The unprecedented closure has devastated the community, the mayor of Perth said. He has become a symbol of what many see as the collapse of Ontario’s health care system this summer, as several rural emergency departments are forced to close or reduce their hours of operation.

Perth’s emergency department will resume 24-hour operations when it reopens on July 24, hospital officials said.

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Hospital CEO Michael Cohen thanked the staff and doctors.

“While we must all recognize that the risks posed by COVID are ever-present, we have developed a solid plan to ensure we can restore emergency services to our community,” he said.

In the meantime, anyone requiring immediate emergency assistance is encouraged to call 911.

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