Two patients from the Quinte 5 hospital unit at Belleville General Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.
The Department of Health has said that one or more cases of COVID-19 in a hospital meet the definition of an outbreak and that controls have been put in place at QHC.
According to Susan Rowe of QHC and the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Unit, the necessary precautions have been put in place to protect patients, staff, doctors and the public.
Patients are currently isolated and staff and doctors are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus and actively monitor patients for symptoms and increase testing.
“Public health is working closely with QHC to respond to this situation and has contacted people who may have been in contact with laboratory-confirmed cases,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, medical officer of health and CEO of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. .
“As we implement the necessary contact tracing and infection control measures, I once again remind the public that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of this virus. Stay at home, avoid contact with vulnerable people, practice physical distance, and wash your hands frequently. “
“Unfortunately, we expect the prevalence of COVID-19 to increase in our community. Our staff and doctors have worked very hard to prepare, ”said Dr. Colin MacPherson, Chief of Staff at QHC.
“QHC is committed to doing our best to prevent the spread of this virus and to provide excellent care to any infected person who requires hospital care.”