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Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital safe for surgery despite COVID outbreak, says chief of staff

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Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital safe for surgery despite COVID outbreak, says chief of staff

Patients who have surgery scheduled at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital are being urged not to cancel the procedure, despite a declared COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital.

In released video, Dr. Ian Preyra, the hospital’s chief of staff, says the hospital is fully functional with precautions taken to contain the outbreak to the area where it occurred.

“We understand that people visiting or receiving care at JBH (Joseph Brant Hospital) may have concerns about this outbreak and are considering cancelling procedures,” says Dr. Preyra. “We want to reassure you that this is not necessary.”

He says the hospital continues to perform safe surgery and outpatient care.

“Cancelling or delaying a medical procedure can pose a serious risk to your health,” Dr. Preyra adds

On Thursday, an outbreak at the hospital was declared after three healthcare workers and one patient tested positive for COVID-19.

The outbreak was limited to the Medicine Inpatient Unit, which has since been locked down, and all exposed patients and staff from the infected area now going testing procedures.

Enhanced protocols will be place at the hospital for the duration of the declared outbreak.

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