Coronavirus – No cases in our region but CBHSSJB is ready to respond

February 21, 2020
Frontline staff participate in fit testing of masks, as part of COVID-19 preparedness efforts.

While the risk of a case of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, remains very low in Canada, CBHSSJB is training front line health care workers in the proper use of personal protective equipment so that our first and best line of defense against the spread of illness remains strong.

This week, nurses, doctors, technicians, and other staff who work directly with patients were fitted with N-95 masks as part of region-wide efforts to protect the population from the spread of this novel virus, which for now is largely confined in China. 

Protecting our front line staff ensures that they are able to provide the best possible care to the population in the event of an outbreak of infectious respiratory disease like COVID-19. 

At the same time, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Pre-hospital and Emergency Measures are working closely with the Quebec Ministry of Health to put emergency procedures in place to rapidly identify, care for and safely transfer patients with COVID-19.

Procedure for suspected cases in Eeyou Istchee

The CBHSSSB recommends that all employers in Eeyou Istchee keep track of any employees who have recently travelled to China and ask them to wait 14 days after their return to Canada before they return to Eeyou Istchee. 

In Eeyou Istchee, if a person has a fever and cough, it is probably a cold or the flu. However, if an individual has symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) AND has recently travelled to China (or been in close contact with someone who has), they should contact their local CMC immediately. It is very important that they inform health care workers of their condition before or immediately upon arrival at the clinic, so that we can take proper measures to care for them, but also to prevent the spread to others. 

This week, CBHSSJB staff in Chisasibi welcomed home two colleagues who recently emerged from two weeks of voluntary self-isolation following a trip to China. Taking this extra step to keep the hospital staff and the community safe was greatly appreciated by everyone at the organization.  

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