Two COVID-19 outbreaks declared at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital

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Published September 30, 2022 at 3:45 pm

Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital has declared a COVID-19 outbreaks at two inpatient units.

An outbreak was declared on Unit 5 South 200 on Sept. 27 after three patients tested positive for COVID-19.

An outbreak was declared on Unit 6 North 400/500 on Sept. 29 after two patients and one healthcare worker have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak on Unit 6 North 400/500 is independent from the outbreak on Unit 5 South 200.

All appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of patients, Essential Care Partners (ECPs), staff and physicians.

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

Patients on the units are in isolation as of the declared date of the outbreaks and have been instructed when discharged, to continue to monitor for symptoms for the remaining 10 days.

“A number of enhanced safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physicians,” said a hospital spokesperson.

“ECPs and visitors are not permitted to enter the units except under limited circumstances in consultation with the patient’s care team. Patients can still connect with their loved ones by telephone and video.”

Patients and their loved ones can visit the hospital website for information on how to book a video visit here.

JBH said they are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with Halton Region Public Health to bring a safe end to the outbreaks as soon as possible.

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

JBH continues to uphold a universal mandatory masking policy, in which every person is required to wear a hospital-provided mask before entering and while in hospital. Masks are available at each entrance door.

For further information on the guidelines for ECPs and visitors, visit here.

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