Covid-19 Information Centre

We request that all visitors and out-patients bring their own mask when visiting the hospital. We will provide a medical-grade mask if your condition requires it.

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Red Lake Hospital Pandemic Response and Resources


At the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital the health and safety of patients, their families, staff, professional staff, physicians, and volunteers is a top priority. Therefore we have put in place a pandemic plan in response to the COVID-19 current situation. The plan guides us to implement measures to continue to provide urgent services to our community in the safest way possible.


COVID-19 Hospital Update, July 3:

 Laboratory Testing Wait-Times

  • As we continue to offer laboratory outpatient testing in a safe environment, we appreciate your understanding with our longer-than-usual wait times. To counter the impact COVID-19 is having on outpatient testing waits, we are taking measures such texting for appointments, streamlining our processes, and collaborating with our Family Health Team to offer testing at the clinic when possible. We have been keeping our Physicians and Nurse Practitioners informed so we can prioritize testing together.


COVID-19 Assessment Centre

  • New Hours: Effective Monday, June 29th the hours for contact are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • If you are symptomatic, please call 807-727-7035 to book an appointment.
  • If you are asymptomatic, but feel you should be tested, please email
  • For further information on Assessment Centre visit here.


Emergency Department

  • Reminder: If you need to visit the Emergency Department for a non-life threatening health issue, please try to contact us in advance, at (807) 727-3811 (if possible).
  • If you are experiencing a life threatening health issue, such as a heart attack, please dial 9-1-1 or come to the Emergency Department immediately, as you normally would.



Masking of Visitors and Outpatients


At this time, the Hospital and Ear Falls and Red Lake Family Health Teams ask that all visitors and outpatients wear a cloth mask (or other face covering) when at the Hospital or their Clinics. This is for the protection of everyone in the building and is based on recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Our own staff members are already required to wear a mask or non-medical face covering (cloth mask), when on site. 


Please bring your bring your own mask. You will be asked, during the screening process to put your mask on. If you do not have a mask, one can be purchased online or, locally at: 



Thank-you for taking this request seriously and for respecting the safety our patients, staff and community.


Feel free to let us know if you or your business, are also a local source for masks!

It is great to see everyone outside and enjoying our beautiful community…but please remember that you are still at risk of contracting and spreading the virus!

  • WEAR A Mask, when you cannot physically distance.
  • PHYSICALLY DISTANCE: Even when you are outside! This includes when you go for walks, run errands, etc.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS and avoid touching your face!
  • It can be tempting to ignore these rules, as numbers appear to decrease – but please remember to make the responsible choice. These choices affect EVERYONE and we urge our patients, families, and neighbours to follow the guidelines put forth by the Northwestern Health Unit.

The Mobile Crisis Response Program: Continues to operate at regular capacity. If you are facing a mental health or addiction crisis, please contact 1-866-888-8988, for local support. Visit - Mental Health & Addictions Services for more information on hours of operation.


Northwestern Testing Outcomes:

For information on COVID-19 in our region please visit Northwestern Health Unit Website :



 Additional Measures in place:

  • Visitors have been reduced to those that are "essential" only. We continue to screen everyone that enters the Hospital, including employees.
  • Outpatient appointments have been reduced to those that are deemed urgent by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner. 
  • Hospital administration continues to meet with regularly with staff, community partners, Ontario Health and other healthcare providers to plan our pandemic response. We are paying close attention to Ministry guidelines and continue to follow them. 
  • In regard to testing for COVID-19, the Hospital and Assessment Centre continue to follow the guidelines provided by Public Health.

          If you have any questions related to our Pandemic Plan please contact the hospital CEO.