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Increased rates of infectious diseases and a widespread flu outbreak, combined with the ongoing renovation to the emergency department, has led to a capacity crisis at Georgian Bay General Hospital.

“In our emergency department, we are seeing the highest rates of respiratory illness we have seen in the past 12 months. In the past week, we have also seen in increased number of admissions of patients with community-acquired C. difficile. It’s really proving to be a particularly challenging year for hospitals dealing with a variety of infectious diseases,” said Dawn Major, chief performance, quality and risk officer at GBGH.

Last week Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner declared widespread community influenza activity as…

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