COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates
*** Non-Urgent and Elective Surgeries and Procedures
GBGH is resuming elective and non-urgent procedures and surgeries, as directed by the Ontario government on May 19, 2021. Directive #2, issued in mid-April by the province, had instructed hospitals to ramp down elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures, ensuring critical care capacity and human resources were available to care for COVID-19 patients during the third wave of the pandemic.
If a surgery or procedure was postponed, the hospital or their physician’s office will be contacting patients to re-schedule their appointment.
There is still a possibility that elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures could be postponed again if there is another increase in demand for critical care capacity and/or a fourth wave in the pandemic.
Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre
*** 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:
Address: 1156 St. Andrew’s Drive, Midland (GBGH Midland site, building in the parking lot)
By appointment only:
- To book an appointment online, please click here.
- Call the Assessment Centre booking desk at 705-529-1025
- Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 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/
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.
NOTE: Appointments are only available for those who are eligible, and clinics are not open for walk-ins.
You can find the health unit’s Simcoe Muskoka Vaccination Plan here.
For more information on COVID-19 in our region, please visit: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/
Visitor and Patient Information
All permitted visitors will continue to be screened upon entering the hospital. Any visitor who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to not 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 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.
For more information, please visit the following websites: