Burlington residents need to stay vigilant against COVID-19 says hospital CEO

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Published October 12, 2022 at 11:31 am

The top official at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital is reminding local residents to continue to be vigilant against COVID-19.

Eric Vandewall, the president and CEO of JBH, said that with students back at school and families settling into their routines after summer holidays, he wants to encourage people to continue to take proactive measures to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and the flu within our community.

“These small steps – such as washing your hands regularly, getting the COVID-19 bivalent booster and seasonal flu shot if eligible, staying home when you feel ill, and reviewing your health care options before seeking care at the Emergency Department – can make a big difference in reducing the impact both viruses can have on hospital capacity and wait times.”

He also reminds people that when visiting JBH, it is important to self-screen for COVID-19 before entering, and to follow the mandatory masking policy by changing to a hospital-provided mask upon entry and wearing it throughout your visit. This is critical to help protect everyone’s health and safety.

“It is important to keep this in mind as JBH, like many other hospitals across Ontario, is continuing to experience challenges moving into flu season.”

In September:

  • the hospital’s acute care occupancy average was 99.8 per cent
  • as of September 30, 53 healthcare workers were off due to COVID-19
  • approximately 2,321 people are waiting surgery at JBH

“I would like to thank our community for your support and understanding, and to our staff, physicians and volunteers who continue to provide and support excellent and compassionate care.”

 

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