COVID-19

May 27, 2020 Cases reported to Halton Public Health

Joseph Brant Hospital is currently caring for 0 confirmed case of COVID-19

Joseph Brant Hospital is working closely with regional and provincial health partners to monitor the evolving situation, assess local risk and keep our community informed. 

This page is reviewed daily and updated as needed. Please check back regularly.

Information for patients and families about COVID-19

We are working closely with regional and provincial health partners to monitor the situation, assess ongoing risk and keep our community informed.

The latest evidence from local data suggests that physical distancing and other public health measures are helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region. 

To continue flattening the curve, it is important for we continue to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Stay home as much as possible and practice physical distancing.

You can find up-to-date information about COVID-19 from the: 

What to do if you believe you have COVID-19

Symptoms 

Symptoms range from mild (like the flu and other common respiratory infections) to severe. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever 
  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath 
  • sore throat
  • nasal congestion, runny nose or sneezing (without other known cause, such as seasonal allergies)
  • hoarse voice
  • difficulty swallowing
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • nausea/vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • chills
  • pink eye

Symptoms in children, older persons and people living with a developmental disability may be atypical (such as unexplained fatigue or falls).

For a full list of symptoms, please refer to the Ontario Ministry of Health website.

Assessment & Testing

The Government of Ontario is now encouraging all Ontarians to get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • they have at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild.
  • they are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. 
  • they are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment.   

No one who is symptomatic or is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at an Assessment Centre.

Joseph Brant Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Centre

If you are concerned you have COVID-19, you can get tested at the Joseph Brant Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Centre. To ensure physical distancing and avoid crowding, testing at the centre is by appointment only.  

How to book an appointment

To book an appointment, please call 905-632-3737 ext. 6550. Leave a message with your name and contact information.  You will be called back to arrange your appointment.

Where to go for your appointment

When you arrive for your scheduled testing appointment, please park in the North Shore parking lot. The entrance to the testing centre is at the rear of the parking lot, facing the intersection of North Shore and Maple.

Please go directly to the centre. It is the former Cancer Clinic entrance.

When to go to the emergency department instead

You should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department if you are currently experiencing:

  • severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
  • severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
  • feeling confused or unsure of where you are
  • losing consciousness
For infants under 3 months

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child:

  • has a fever
  • is having trouble breathing
  • appears unwell
For infants and children over 3 months

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • fever longer than 7 days
  • fever with a rash
  • has a compromised (weakened) immune system with a fever
  • breathing faster than usual or trouble breathing
  • bluish skin colour
  • not drinking enough fluids
  • not waking up or not interacting
  • is so irritable that they do not want to be held
  • constant vomiting

Test Results

If you have been tested for COVID-19, you can view your results online using the Government of Ontario's online portal or MyChart™.

If your results are positive, you will receive a call from Halton Region Public Health. 

COVID-19 test results available in MyChart™

Microbiology test results, including COVID-19 are available for viewing within MyChart. Sign up online for a MyChart account.

Screening measures for COVID-19 at Joseph Brant Hospital 

Infection and prevention and control screening measures are in place to protect patients, visitors and staff. Patients arriving to the hospital or moving between care areas will be asked: 

  • If they are experiencing new or worsening symptoms associated with               COVID-19 including
  • If they have come into contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19

If a patient is determined to be at risk of COVID-19, they will be moved to one of our isolation rooms for further assessment and testing.

Active screening at hospital entrances

Joseph Brant Hospital has closed all non-essential entrances in an effort to control and prevent the spread of the disease.

Patients, visitors vendors and contractors are asked to enter at the Main Entrance off Lakeshore Road. Anyone entering the hospital will be provided with a face mask and asked to share:

  • your name and contact information
  • purpose for your visit
  • if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19 
  • contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19

Screening information will be recorded to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing and case management if needed. Patient and visitor privacy will be maintained.  

Map identifying patient and visitor access during active screening

What to Expect

If you are screened without risk, you will be permitted entry to the hospital. If you are a patient and symptomatic:

  • in consultation with the care team, diagnostics or treatment may be provided with additional precautions
  • in consultation with the care team your diagnostic test, procedure or treatment may be cancelled or rescheduled

If you are a visitor or vendor who is symptomatic:

  • you will not be permitted access to the hospital
  • instructions and contact information for follow up will be provided

Parking

Depending on where you park, you may need to walk a short distance to get to a screening checkpoint.  Plan ahead. Leave early and allow for extra time.

Same-day Reentry

If you leave the hospital and plan to return the same day, you will be screened again. 

Must mask practice for patients 

Joseph Brant Hospital is taking special precautions to keep patients, caregivers and staff safe. On March 23, Joseph Brant Hospital implemented a must mask practice for patients.

Must Mask Practice

Under the new practice, the hospital requires patients to wear a mask when receiving:

  • emergency care
  • ambulatory care
  • outpatient diagnostic imaging services

The mask must remain on for the duration of their visit. If a mask becomes wet or soiled, it must be replaced. New masks, can be obtained from health care staff.

Changes to our visitor policy 

Joseph Brant Hospital is taking special precautions to keep patients, caregivers and staff safe. On March 21, Joseph Brant Hospital implemented a no visitor policy.

No Visitor Policy

We are currently closed to visitors with limited exceptions, as follows:

  • Compassionate grounds for patients who are in critical condition
  • Partners of women in labour
  • Other special needs as determined by the care team

While this new policy is in place, we encourage all families to designate a point person who will connect with the patient’s care team for consistent communication.

Keeping you connected

To help keep you connected, we are offering free telephone and Wifi to patients.

Program and service reductions

Joseph Brant Hospital has reduced ambulatory and surgical services offered in-hospital. Where appropriate, patients care may be:

  • deferred 
  • relocated to a community office
  • provided virtually 

Patients impacted by this reduction will be contacted by a health care provider. 

Infection prevention and control

Joseph Brant Hospital is committed to providing a safe environment for patients, families, visitors and staff. To help prevent the spread of infections we ask that you refer to our:

Physical distancing and self-isolation

Physical distancing (social distancing) involves taking steps to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the community by limiting close contact with others. Help protect the safety and health of you, your family and friends, and the community by following these measures:

Physical distancing do's

  • Stay home as much as possible, only going out for essentials.
  • If you must go out in public, keep a 2 metre (6-foot) distance from other people.
  • Use technology to keep in touch.
  • Shop online and arrange to have things dropped off at home if possible.
  • When in public, wash hands frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub.

Physical distancing don'ts

  • Don't leave home if you feel sick.
  • Don't congregate in public, including street parties, pick-up sports or meetings at playgrounds and parks.
  • Don't have visits with neighbours and friends, play dates, coffee dates, sleep overs or parties.
  • Don't visit long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices and other institutional care settings unless the visit is absolutely essential.
  • Don't shake hands, hug or kiss cheeks in greetings.

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