CCH is Prepared for Respiratory Virus Season
It’s that time of year again, when the fall months typically bring more than just cooler temperatures and colourful leaves. October also marks the start of respiratory virus season, when there is an increase of influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), COVID-19 and common cold infections.
At Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), our healthcare professionals are well-trained and ready to mitigate the spread of infections in the hospital and handle the influx of respiratory virus cases that we typically see during this time of year.
Mandatory masking has been re-introduced for visitors at the bedside and staff and physicians in all clinical areas. Wearing a mask is one the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of respiratory infections.
Maintaining a clean and sanitized environment is also crucial to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. CCH follows strict infection prevention and control protocols, and we have enhanced sanitation efforts. High-touch surfaces, patient rooms, and waiting areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently to minimize the risk of transmission. Staff members are also trained in proper hand hygiene and infection control procedures.
Respiratory virus season also means more people will be coming to our Emergency Department for care. The Emergency Department has implemented an action plan to address a rise in patients, including paediatric patients, who are often at higher risk of influenza and RSV. Additional beds may also be allocated for paediatric patients in our Women and Children’s Health Department, should they be needed.
Please remember that patients in Emergency Departments across Canada, including CCH, are triaged and seen by a doctor according to the urgency of their symptoms. This means you may experience a longer wait time than others, and we would ask that you please be patient and respectful with our compassionate and professional healthcare staff.
Our dedicated Registered Respiratory Therapists are also always on-site and available to help patients with respiratory issues in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
As this year’s influenza vaccine and updated COVID-19 boosters become available, we would encourage everyone to get vaccinated to help slow the spread of respiratory illness in our community and to protect our hospital resources.
While we may not be able to predict how the coming months will unfold, CCH and our highly skilled healthcare teams are ready to answer the call.