Area hospitals provide update on COVID patients in their care
St. Mary’s treats five and another 12 who are no longer contagious
Hospitals in the Waterloo-Wellington area have released their weekly update on the COVID-19 patients they care for.
As of Thursday morning, St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener had five infectious COVID patients.
But the hospital is also treating 12 other former COVID patients who are no longer contagious.
A patient is being treated at Grand River Hospital, and the Cambridge Memorial has a COVID patient in intensive care. Guelph General Hospital also has two patients being treated for the virus.
The regional head of the COVID-19 response says the majority of the patients they treat are either unvaccinated or have only received one dose of the vaccine.
“This tells us that the vaccines are working and, when accompanied by public safety measures, are the key to preventing hospitalizations for people with COVID. The observation of events in other provinces underscores why measures such as masking and distancing remain important. “said Lee Fairclough, president of St. Mary’s General Hospital.
Fairclough says hospitals are seeing record numbers of emergency rooms and other admissions in addition to COVID patients. “By supporting all public health efforts in the community, it will help us continue to meet these increasing demands for both COVID and non-COVID treatments.”
– Erin Anderson (@erinbailey_a) September 16, 2021