COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

 

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

As part of ongoing efforts to protect the public, patients and our staff from the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus, Windsor Regional Hospital has implemented the following visitor restrictions.

NO visitors are allowed with the following exceptions where ONLY ONE (1) visitor is allowed per patient:

  • paediatric patients (ER, in-patient or outpatient)
  • patients in critical care/Neonatal Intensive Care
  • mom giving birth 
  • palliative patients (ER or in-patient)
  • having surgery (not post surgery unless in critical care/palliative)

NO OTHER VISITORS ARE PERMITTED.

NO VISITORS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE PERMITTED.

We ask that families and friends to do their best to designate ONE individual to be the ONE visitor per patient throughout that patient's stay in hospital. We would also ask visitors to try to limit visitation from 11 am to 8 pm.

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ASSESSMENT CENTRE AT WRH

A COVID-19 Assessment Centre has been set up at the Ouellette Campus to assess and possibly test individuals for the virus. Only those who meet the case definition for COVD-19 will be tested.

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HOSPITAL ACCESS AND SCREENING

In an effort to protect the public and our staff from the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus, Windsor Regional Hospital is limiting entrances and screening all individuals entering the hospital. 

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PATIENT AND VISITOR SCREENING FORMS

To help expedite the screening process, visitors can print and complete a copy of the visitor or staff screening form prior to arrival. These will also be available at the hospital entrances.

 
 

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OPTIONS DURING PANDEMIC

Visit the Essex County Medical Society website to check the status of local care providers, clinics and specialists.

 
 

GUIDANCE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT & ETHICAL FRAMEWORKS

 
 

COVID-19 TESTING GUIDELINES, TREATMENT OF IN-PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How is WRH preparing for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

Windsor Regional Hospital continues to monitor developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, including staying up to date on the latest guidelines and information from Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and our local Public Health unit. We remain vigilant in protecting our staff, patients and visitors through rigorous infection and prevention controls, including screening of patients upon arrival for symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus.

What are the symptoms for COVID-19, and what should I do to prevent the spread of illness?

Please see the links below:

When should I seek medical care?

If you are an otherwise healthy individual and are not experiencing any serious symptoms, do NOT come to the hospital emergency department to check whether you have contracted COVID-19. Coming to the ED risks transmitting the virus to others.

Most cases of the coronavirus tend to be mild, contact your primary care provider, medical clinic or the Windsor-Essex Public Health Unit:

  • Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada if you plan on traveling to Windsor and Essex County.
  • Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
  • Call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 (24 hours, seven days a week).

EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS IN ADULTS:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion Severe or persistent vomiting

You should call your health care provider immediately if you experience these symptoms and you:

  • are pregnant;
  • have heart or lung disease;
  • have any other chronic health problem that requires regular medical attention;
  • live in a remote or isolated community;
  • are elderly or frail; or
  • have an illness or are receiving treatments - for example, for diabetes, cancer, or HIV/AIDS - that might affect your immune system.

What if my child seems very sick?

Call for emergency care or take your child to a doctor right away if your child (of any age) has any of the warning or emergency signs below:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or not making as much urine as they normally do)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
  • Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough.

Do I need to wear a mask?

There has been some confusing information on social media about whether the general public should wear masks to protect themselves.

At WRH, we will provide surgical masks to patients ONLY if needed based on their symptoms to prevent spreading infection, or if it is part of regular procedure.

WRH does not provide masks to the general public or visitors, with the exception of those visiting a patient on an inpatient unit who has been placed on special precautions due to an infection. In such cases, all of the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) you require will be made available to you.

N-95 respirator masks require special fit testing to be sure they are the right size for each individual. These masks are NOT intended for use by patients, visitors or the public.

 

DAILY UPDATES:

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

 

INFORMATION SHEET

Available in multiple languages

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 

TOWN HALL MEETINGS:

COVID-19 Town Hall Update - March 13, 2020

President and CEO David Musyj and VP Karen Riddell provide an update to WRH staff on the efforts to protect the public, patients, and staff from the potential transmission of COVID-19.

View speaking notes from the event.

 

Update on Internal and External COVID-19 Preparations: March 4, 2020