With over 230 active COVID-19 cases in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, Quinte Healthcare (QHC) is limiting who can visit people in their hospitals.
With the Omicron variant posing a threat to QHC patients, Chief of Staff Dr. Colin MacPherson says reducing people through their hospitals will limit potential spread. Among the major changes include allowing only one care partner to provide support for patients. These include short-stay patients, those giving birth, pediatric patients and stable ICU patients. Most emergency department patients will not be allowed a care partner unless they have significant mobility and cognitive issues, are at imminent risk of dying, or are pediatric patients.
Public Health meanwhile is urging people to change their social habits and limit visiting others or accepting visitors. They are urging people to take social distancing seriously, and get vaccinated as soon as possible.