Ontario records the second CORVID19 death. Self assess if you feel ill - then call 911

News 100 redBy Staff

March 19th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Joseph Brant Hospital enacted an Emergency Operations Centre which meets daily to review their response and make adjustments as required in our rapidly changing environment.

In addition, Joseph Brant Hospital has opened a COVID-19 Assessment & Testing Clinic. Clinic services are offered only through referral from Public Health.

This is an important point:  The hospital takes you in once you have been referred to the hospital by Public Health.

BC self asses

British Columbia has a Symptom Self Assessment app – no word yet on what Ontario plans.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, you can use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

When you call 911 you will be asked if you are calling for fire or police.  If neither you get transferred to ambulance.  Ambulance will determine what gets done next.

If you get nervous and hang up on the ambulance people – they will trace your call and phone you back.  They do not take lightly to anyone who hangs up on them.  They ask for your name and you get a  short lecture as well.

The Hospital leadership is working closely with regional and provincial health partners to monitor the situation, assess ongoing risk and keep our community informed.

In its most recent media release, Halton Region Public Health continues to focus on those most at risk of COVID-19. Our current priority is to hear from these groups only:

  • health care providers seeking or reporting information;
  • those living or working in a healthcare setting or institution and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; or
  • those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you have severe symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

In an effort to keep our physicians, staff and patients safe, all staff and visitors coming to our hospital are now being actively screened for symptoms at dedicated entrances. Patients and visitors are asked to enter through the Main Entrance on Lakeshore Road.

JBH entrance

There is just the one entrance to the hospital at this time – Lakeshore Road.

 

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