COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates
*** Non-Urgent and Elective Surgeries and Procedures
On April 8, 2021, the Ontario government announced the ramping down of elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures in response to the bed capacity crisis in hospitals related to the pandemic. If you have a procedure/surgery scheduled at GBGH in the coming weeks and it must postponed based on the government’s direction, you will be contacted by the hospital. If you are not contacted by the hospital, your procedure is proceeding as planned.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Survey
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit wants to learn more about the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the residents of Simcoe Muskoka through an online survey, open until April 26, 2021. The survey explores the financial, mental, social, and physical impacts of the pandemic on individuals and families. Please participate here:
Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre
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 to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 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: