COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates
Have you been tested for COVID-19? All test results can be found through the Ontario Ministry of Health portal – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is well-prepared to respond to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), taking all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of its patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, visitors and the broader community.
For more information, please see the Letter to Our Community from GBGH President and CEO Gail Hunt and Chief of Staff Dr. Vikram Ralhan.
GBGH Board of Directors Chair Dr. Patrick McNamara has also prepared a message to the community (April 21, 2020).
Cases at GBGH (Year to Date):
- Inpatients – 5
- Outpatients (swabbed via the Emergency department) – 3
For more information on COVID-19 in our region, please visit: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/
COVID-19 Midland Assessment Centre
By appointment only:
Call the assessment centre booking desk at 705-529-1025, 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
VISITOR AND PATIENT INFORMATION
GBGH has implemented many protocols to ensure safety during this time, including:
- Patients are screened for travel history and symptoms of illness at all care entry points, such as the Emergency Department, Imaging and clinics.
- Travel screening criteria has been updated to include all travel in the past 14 days.
- Patients with an acute respiratory infection who recently travelled or have been in contact with a person who has travelled triggers additional screening at registration and if required, are placed on appropriate precautions.
- Infection Prevention and Control protocols and procedures are robust with ongoing training and support.
- Clear signage is posted throughout the facility and visitors are advised not to visit GBGH if they have travelled within the past two weeks and are symptomatic.
- The health centre has adequate personal protective equipment and negative pressure rooms to contain the spread of the virus.
- Enhanced cleaning continues in busy, high-touch areas.
- Large meetings and gatherings over 20 people now restricted until at least the end of April.
The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health advise all travellers to monitor their health for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing for 14 days after arriving back in Canada. If symptoms develop within 14 days, returning travellers are directed to self-isolate as quickly as possible and immediately call their health care professionals or public health to make arrangements for possible testing. Symptoms include: a fever, new or worsening cough or difficulty breathing.
If you’re unsure about whether or not to go to Emergency:
- contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with a nurse or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 1-705-721-7520 weekdays or 1-877-721-7520 after-hours. Be sure to mention your travel history.
- If you are advised to go to Emergency, call ahead to 705-526-1300 and press 0 for Locating who will re-direct your call. It’s important that the team at GBGH is prepared for your visit.
KEEPING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with others
- Avoid shaking hands
- If you are concerned about your symptoms or have travelled to a region where COVID-19 is known to occur, consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
For more information, please visit the following websites: