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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

MASKING REQUIREMENTS

Effective October 5, 2023: Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is reinstating mandatory masking in most areas of the hospital in response to elevated rates of respiratory illness in the community, including COVID-19. This change in masking protocol applies to anyone attending the hospital, including patients, visitors, hospital staff, professional staff, and volunteers.

  • Masks are once again required in all common areas of the hospital such as corridors and waiting rooms, as well as any patient care/clinical areas. These areas include the Emergency department, diagnostic imaging, inpatient units, the intensive care unit, surgical services and obstetrics.
  • Visitors and patients are required to wear a hospital-provided mask upon entry to the building with the expectation the mask will be worn for the duration of their visit. Visitors and patients must wash their hands upon entering/exiting the building, and are expected to self-screen for symptoms of illness.
  • The reinstatement of masking does not impact GBGH’s current visitation policy which allows 24/7 family presence. Visitors will now be expected to wear a mask throughout their entire visit, including while in a patient room.

 

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.

Visitor and Patient Information

May 24, 2023 – Family presence is an important part of patient-centred care at GBGH. We have now returned to 24/7 Family Presence, enabling visitors to see their loved ones in hospital at any time.

  • If you are visiting a patient between the following hours, you must enter the hospital through the Emergency department
    • Monday – Friday: 8 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • If visiting during these times, you will be asked to provide your name to the Emergency department Registration Clerk who will inform the unit of your visitation
  • You will be escorted to the unit you’re visiting

All visitors must continue to:

  • Self-screen for symptoms, as per the posted signage
  • Visitors and patients are required to wear a hospital-provided mask upon entry to the building with the expectation the mask will be worn for the duration of their visit.

COVID-19 policies are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region GBGH serves.

When a unit is experiencing an outbreak, visitation on that unit is limited to essential caregivers only.  Please contact the unit you are visiting for more information.