Local health ministry asks people to help health system by following guidelines
December 23, 2021 5:26 am
Huron Perth Public Health says it’s in everyone’s best interests to follow public health guidelines to avoid overwhelming area hospitals with cases of the Omicron variant.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Miriam Klassen says it’s too early to tell if the Omicron variant causes less serious infections, but it is likely to affect the healthcare system.
“Maybe you hear a conversation around you, does Omicron cause milder disease? I think we don’t know that yet, frankly, but even if it does, there are still so many people who are susceptible that it could overwhelm our health care system. “
Klassen says protecting hospital capacity isn’t just about the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 infection.
“Even if you have to go to the hospital for some other reason, like unfortunately you’ve been in a car accident or had a heart attack, the capacity is affected. So we really need everyone to step up one more time and do what you can to reduce the overall risk. “
This week’s increase in the number of eligible residents trying to book a third dose appointment has temporarily closed Huron Perth Public Health’s online booking portal, but Dr Klassen said authorities were working to increase the capacity of local mass vaccination clinics.
“As in other regions of the province, our clinics filled up very quickly. So when it opened for the over 18s it was a very, very large bunch of short-term people. We’re doing our best to add more spots, but we have limited availability.