The 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a unique strain of a common virus that is responsible for many colds and respiratory infections. Symptoms of this illness have ranged from mild cold-like symptoms to severe illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that travellers avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Those that have returned from travel outside of Canada, are to self-isolate for 14 days.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have symptoms or concerns that you might have COVID-19 due to your travel history or contact to others with the disease - don’t go anywhere. Stay away from others. Call your health care provider or the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613-966-5500; TTY 711; 1-800-267-2803 or Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000.
You can easily increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the risk to others by going to the ER or busy clinic. 80% of people with this virus have mild to moderate symptoms, need to isolate themselves at home, and do not need to be tested for the virus. You need to stay at home and seek advice from a health professional by phone before going to a clinic. Only if your symptoms are severe, causing difficulty breathing, would you need to be assessed at hospital and should call EMS for assistance rather than present to a hospital emergency department on your own.
Quinte Health Care is taking a number of precautions to help minimize the risk to our patients, our team, and our community. This includes screening individuals as they come into the hospitals. To find out the actions taken by QHC including visitor restrictions, impact to services such as the cancellation of in-person appointments at the Children's Treatment Centre, and the temporary suspension of volunteer activity within the hospital - please visit the "Hospital specific information page".
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations - Quinte Health Care is facing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (including goggles, face shields, masks, gloves and gowns). If you have have some that you are willing to donate, please contact the hospital at 613-438-4394 or firstname.lastname@example.org