QEH prepared for potential COVID-19 cases, says ER doctor

Emergency room physician Trevor Jain says the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown is preparing for potential COVID-19 patients. 

Getting ER ready was 'an incredible amount of work'

How ready is the QEH ER for an influx of coronavirus patients? Dr. Trevor Jain explains in this video 9:59

Emergency room physician Trevor Jain says the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown is doing well in its preparation for what they are expecting will be a surge in COVID-19 patients. 

Jain has a strong background in military and disaster medicine, and is leading a team put together by the hospital last week in response to the pandemic. 

"I am comfortable that we are prepared to receive Islanders that need our help, and we are happy and willing to do so," Jain said. 

In the last week, Jain said the hospital's emergency room was modified and a negative-pressure respiratory treatment area has been established. A COVID-19 in-patient ward and COVID-19 ICU have also been created.

"All that has been done in six days," Jain said. 

He said essential health-care workers have been working around the clock to make the necessary changes to respond to the pandemic. 

COVID-19: What you need to know

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia, which can lead to death.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.

How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

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