PHC BREAKROOMS AND LOUNGES, HIGH RISK LOCATION FOR COVID TRANSMISSION
A message from Dr. Janet Kow, VP PHC Pandemic Response
As the number of COVID cases rise steadily in the Lower Mainland, we have had a significant number of health care workers test positive. The vast majority have either contracted the virus in the community, or from their colleagues. The number who contracted it from patients is small, and none have contracted it from visitors. You all know that asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic transmission is very likely. As such the best way to prevent COVID in our facilities is to wear surgical masks most of the time, and when removing to eat or drink – to socially distance.
Break rooms and lounges are now the highest risk locations for virus transmission. Please respect the social distancing guidelines, and wear a surgical mask at all times when not eating or drinking. That includes hallway conversations and rounds.
If we all keep to IPAC and public health guidelines, we can keep our patients and co-workers safe – it’s your personal and professional responsibility.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.