Since the Department of Health has declared that one or more cases of COVID-19 in a hospital meet the definition of an outbreak, measures to control the epidemic have been put in place at QHC, in addition to standard infection control and COVID-19 testing. QHC works closely with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) to implement the necessary precautions to protect patients, staff, doctors and the public. HPEPH also posted a notice of this outbreak on its establishment outbreak page.
Steps have been taken to manage and identify anyone at QHC who may have been exposed to the virus, QHC said in a press release. Patients who test positive are currently isolated, and staff / doctors are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including limiting new admissions to the unit, actively monitoring patients for symptoms, and increasing COVID-19 testing where appropriate.
“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. “
As COVID-19 cases continue to be identified in the community, QHC will remain vigilant and continue to prepare to respond to other cases and outbreaks.
“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.”