Stop the spread of COVID-19 and preserve health care resources for those who need them the most
Belleville, ON - This holiday season, Quinte Health Care (QHC) is appealing to everyone in the communities served by our four hospitals to heed the direction from medical experts to stay home and celebrate in-person only with those in your immediate household.
COVID continues to spread in our region and across the province. QHC hospitals are experiencing a higher number of patients due, in part, to indirect effects of the pandemic. The higher than usual number of patients can likely be attributed to a number of pandemic-related issues including delayed access to primary care, delay in surgical procedures, reduced community and family supports, and delay in accessing long-term care.
So far, the number of COVID-19 patients at QHC hospitals remains relatively low, with fewer than 5 patients currently in care. That could surge at any time as the prevalence continues to increase in our region and our teams are attempting to create capacity within our hospitals. In order to do this, we need everyone’s help to ensure we don’t have a spike in COVID-19 cases after the holidays.
“A spike in cases is preventable and it’s up to all of us to do our part to protect those most vulnerable among us and to ensure hospital resources are there for those that need them the most,” explains Carol Smith Romeril, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “During a recent meeting, one of our nurses candidly stated, ‘A Zoom Christmas is better than an ICU New Year’ – which I felt was a message well worth sharing.”
QHC, like many hospitals across the province, continues to struggle with having enough staff and physicians to meet the current patient needs due to the shortage of health care workers.
“Our team of physicians and staff have faced the pandemic with bravery and professionalism in service to our patients and our communities and they need your support now more than ever,” said Susan Rowe, Vice President, People and Strategy. “By staying home, you are demonstrating that you value their hard work and commitment by not making an already challenging situation worse.”
Investigations conducted by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health show that close contact and social gatherings with people outside of an individual’s immediate household are contributing to escalating COVID-19 rates in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. Please follow Public Health’s direction to avoid gatherings and parties with extended family and friends.
“Our hospitals are busy but we want to encourage those that need hospital-level care, to please come and access the care you need without delay. Our facilities are clean and safe,” explains Ms. Smith Romeril. “Our team of dedicated care providers are here if you need them, but we need a collective effort to avoid overwhelming the health care system by taking all necessary precautions.”