*Please see below a media release issued by the Region of Halton and Joseph Brant Hospital.
The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
March 14, 2020
All precautions followed, Halton contact tracing and assessing health risk
On March 14, 2020, Dr. David Williams, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region confirmed the third case of COVID-19 in Halton region.
A female resident from Burlington in her 50s returned from Los Angeles on March 8. She became symptomatic on March 9 and presented to Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington for testing on March 12. As per established infection prevention and control protocols, the hospital took all precautions, including testing in an isolated environment with all necessary personal protective equipment. On March 13 she was notified of her positive test result and is now self-isolating at home.
Halton Region Public Health is actively engaged in contact tracing and case management. The individual was not symptomatic on the flight.
“While the risk is low, we can expect to see more cases in our community and we are prepared for that. We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to take thoughtful action where appropriate.” — Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health
“The individual was tested at Joseph Brant Hospital in an isolated environment. Our care team continues to follow all necessary infection prevention protocols and procedures. We are taking all necessary precautions as we screen and care for residents of Halton, and keep our patients, our visitors, our physicians and staff safe.” — Eric Vandewall, President and Chief Executive Officer at Joseph Brant Hospital
Contact Halton Region Public Health by calling 311, 905-825-6000 or toll free at 1-866-442-5866 if you have a fever OR cough OR breathing difficulty AND any of the following:
- travelled outside of Canada in the 14 days before onset of illness; or
- close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
- close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who travelled to affected areas within 14 days prior to their illness onset.
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 is to:
- stay home when ill;
- cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve;
- wash hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub; and
- clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information sources. For more information on COVID-19 including symptoms, risk and when to contact Halton Region Public Health, please visit halton.ca/COVID19. To get the latest information on cases in Ontario and to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19, please visit ontario.ca/coronavirus.
- Rachel Gardner, Communications Specialist, Halton Region — 905-825-6000, ext. 7968; Cell: 905-464-8146; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Janelle Eade, Manager of Corporate Communications, Joseph Brant Hospital — 905-632-3737, ext. 2062; Cell: 905-869-4821; email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: To read the Mayor’s statement on what the city is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit this dedicated page, which will be updated daily as new information becomes available.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
I know this news will be upsetting to our community, and we can expect to hear of more cases in the foreseeable future. That is why we’re taking every precaution we can to keep our community safe. For the latest updates, please visit bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates. To receive up-to-date notices directly to your email, please subscribe to the City of Burlington’s Health and Safety Notices page online by clicking the link.
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist