Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital dealing with third COVID-19 outbreak


Published January 18, 2022 at 10:07 am

Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital is dealing with its third declared outbreak of COVID-19 since the Omicron wave started in late November.

In consultation with Halton Public Health, the outbreak that was declared on Unit 4 North 700 (4N700) on Jan. 12 has extended to an additional unit, 5 North 400 (5N400), as of Jan. 17.

Three additional patients and four healthcare workers have now tested positive for COVID-19. These new infections are associated with the original outbreak on 4N700 that infected five patients.

An outbreak at any facility is declared when it’s likely a COVID-19 case was passed from one person to another on site.

Joseph Brant Hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control team and Employee Health Services are ensuring all patients on the unit, along with staff and physicians who have been or may have been exposed, are being contacted, monitored, tested as required and self-isolating in keeping with Public Health guidelines.

Patients on the unit are in isolation and will receive instructions on home self-isolation requirements when being discharged from the hospital. Unit 5N400 is closed to new patient admissions.

In addition, Essential Care Providers (ECPs) and visitors are not permitted in the unit, with limited exceptions as determined by the nurse manager. ECPs are asked to speak to the care team with questions around access to the unit. Patients can still connect with their loved ones by telephone and video.

Joseph Brant Hospital is advising anyone who may have recently visited 5N400 to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Patients or loved ones who have questions or concerns can contact a member of the care team or JBH Patient Relations team at 905-632-3737 ext. 4949 or by email [email protected].

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