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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

While masking requirements in other settings will expire on June 11, 2022, GBGH is committed to keeping patients, staff, visitors and volunteers safe through a continuation of mandatory masking within the hospital. Health experts have agreed that continued use of masking in hospital settings remains a simple and necessary safeguard. Masking helps prevent the most vulnerable patients – those cared for by hospitals – from contracting COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Emergency Department

GBGH’s Emergency department is here for you if you are ill or injured and require medical attention.

THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS NOT A COVID-19 TESTING SITE.

If you think you have COVID-19 and are not experiencing symptoms or have mild symptoms similar to a cold, please do not come into the Emergency department for testing.

Visiting the hospital for testing puts other vulnerable patients at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

If you meet provincial testing criteria, please book an appointment at your local COVID-19 Assessment Centre: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations

 

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Effective Wednesday, November 17, 2021: The Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre has relocated from the Georgian Bay General Hospital site to the North Simcoe Family Health Team at 619 Prospect Boulevard in Midland.

Those in need of a COVID test will still be able to book via the GBGH website: https://gbgh.on.ca/covid-19-booking/

Address: North Simcoe Family Health Team – 619 Prospect Boulevard, Midland

The Assessment Centre is a drive-thru format. Please follow the signage and remain in your vehicle rather than enter the building.

By appointment only:

  • To book an appointment online, please click here.
  • Call the Assessment Centre booking desk at 705-526-7804 ext. 253
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Have you been tested for COVID-19? Test results can be found through the Ontario Ministry of Health portal – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/  

If you do not have internet access for booking an appointment at the Assessment Centre or receiving test results, please call 705-529-1025. Appointments cannot be booked and test results cannot be given in-person by visiting North Simcoe Family Health Team offices.

*** IMPORTANT: The Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre does not perform testing for outbound travel purposes. To obtain a COVID-19 test for outbound travel purposes, please visit the following for more information:

 

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Visitor and Patient Information

March 16, 2022 – Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) continues to lift some visitation restrictions based on provincial re-opening plans, as well as the decreasing cases of COVID-19 in our local community and throughout our region. Effective March 17, admitted patients will be permitted two visitors per day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

As of March 17 GBGH will allow visitation based on the following:

  • Two visitors per patient per day during visiting hours (exceptions for palliative patients – please contact the care team)
  • Visiting hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (exceptions for palliative, birthing patients)
  • Food and drink is not permitted

The exceptions to the two visitors per day per inpatient include visitation for a palliative/actively dying patient. In palliative cases, GBGH will allow up to four visitors at a time, as coordinated with the care team. Birthing patients are also permitted one visitor for as long as they require assistance.

Emergency department patients and outpatients (Ambulatory Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Day Surgery) may have one support person if deemed necessary by the patient.

As the hospital cares for vulnerable patient populations, visitors to GBGH are still required to  show proof of vaccination and identification, regardless of changes in provincial proof of vaccination mandates. Visitors will also be screened and anyone who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to visit. In exceptional circumstances (such as a support person for a woman in labour, a parent/guardian of a child in the Emergency department or a palliative/end of life patient), a visitor who screens positive for symptoms will be reviewed by GBGH’s infection prevention and control practitioner or hospital coordinator prior to entry.

All visitors must comply with hand hygiene practices, wear a hospital-provided mask for the duration of their visit, regardless of provincial mask mandates lifting, and follow physical distancing. Visitors could also be asked to wear additional personal protective equipment as determined by the care team based on a patients’ condition.

Visitor guidelines are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region GBGH serves.

 

Important COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Community immunization clinics are now open in Simcoe Muskoka for eligible groups identified by the provincial government.

Vaccination clinics are located in North Simcoe (Midland/Penetanguishene), Barrie/Innisfil, South Simcoe, the Couchiching area (Orillia), South Georgian Bay (Collingwood) and Muskoka and will operate on rotating days.

To find out if you are eligible at this time, or to book an appointment, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) website at www.smdhu.org. A family member or friend can book your appointment. For those without computer or internet access, appointments can be booked by calling the health unit at 705-721-7520  or 1-877-721-7520.

To find out who can get the vaccine, please click here.

For more information on COVID-19 in our region, please visit: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/

 

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