COVID-19 Information

Windsor Regional Hospital COVID-19 Daily Update.

Last Updated: March 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

WRH COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE (SINCE MARCH 16, 2020)  

Total # seen in the Assessment Centre 96,819
Total # swabbed in the Assessment Centre 94,743
 

WRH IN-PATIENT COVID-19 CASES

Current # of in-patients in hospital with confirmed COVID-19    32
Total # of patients deceased in hospital from COVID-19 188
Total # of resolved COVID-19 patients in house           31

 

For the total number of Windsor and Essex County residents/patients testing positive for COVID-19 (which includes hospital(s) patient testing positive for COVID-19) go to Windsor Essex Public Health Information.

 

 

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 10TH, 2021 WRH will allow ONE essential visitor for a patient, once per day, in one specified time slot, with some exceptions. A maximum of TWO essential visitors may be chosen by the patient to rotate over the patients stay in the hospital; however, only one of the essential visitors may visit each day and only in one-time slot.

All visitors must wear a medical-grade mask at ALL times while in the Hospital If visitors do not have one they will be provided a medical-grade mask at the entrance. Cloth masks by themselves will not be allowed. If they want visitors can wear a cloth mask on top of the medical-grade mask for a better fit as suggested by the CDC.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All visitors are required to wear a face shield in addition to a mask while visiting a patient. Face shields will be provided to visitors on entry to the hospital or on the unit. Please refer to our policy regarding these issues and limited exemptions for patients/visitors not to wear a mask.

There will be two-time slots available for patients to visit:

  • 10 am to 12 noon
  • 6 pm to 8 pm (except Critical Care units)
  • 8 pm to 10 pm (Critical Care units only)

Considerations of which visitors are considered "essential" should include:

  • Those who are visiting/accompanying a patient who is dying or very ill
  • A parent/guardian of a youth who is a patient, support person for a pregnant patient in labour
  • Visitors of patients who require physical assistance
  • Visitors providing essential support to a patient.

No visitation is allowed for patients with active, confirmed or suspected COVID-19, due to the extremely high risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Virtual visits for these patients will be supported using technology such as iPads.

More than one visitor may be allowed in the following circumstances:

  • Two visitors may rotate (1 visitor at a time) 24/7 for palliative patients
  • Two visitors may visit 24/7 for a patient who is near end of life; a one-time visit may be approved for up to 4 visitors- may include visitors less than 18 years of age when accompanied by an adult.
  • For Mental Health: 1 essential visitor per patient for 30 minutes during designated times. However, a maximum of 4 visitors will be allowed into 3N and 3S and a maximum of 2 visitors into PICU at a time. Visits must take place in designated common areas and are not permitted in patient rooms.

Please note that the exceptions process for emergency or out-patient services involves a risk assessment conducted by the clinic/service to determine the risks posed to the patient, other patients, and the visitor. if they may have a visitor accompany them on the visit.

For scheduled out-patient cancer appointments with a provider, the patient may have one essential visitor accompany them. This does not include appointments for lab work, medical treatment, or diagnostic imaging.

For outpatient departments, the patient will be advised at the time they are informed of their appointment date

Patients with disabilities that are determined by clinical teams to require personal support of a family member/caregiver will be allowed one visitor who will remain with the patient for the entire visit or in space designated by the clinical team if a procedure requires it.

For a pregnant patient in labour

  • Following the birth, the visitor becomes essential for the newborn and must remain at the bedside until discharge (the mother is not allowed a separate visitor post-delivery). If the essential visitor leaves the hospital after the birth, they cannot return and no additional visitors would be permitted.
  • All NICU and Paediatric patients may have two essential visitors between 0800-2000. Only allowing one essential visitor to stay overnight.

If the patient in labour is confirmed or suspected COVID-19

  • The visitor remains with the patient in the same physical environment throughout the care delivery,
  • The clinical team is able to provide the visitor with a safe environment and teaching necessary for infection control.
  • The visitor is masked and reports to Public Health as they may be required to self-isolate, depending on test results

Essential visitors will be restricted if they:

  • Are less than 18 years of age (except as above)
  • Are symptomatic
  • Have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 (and are not resolved cases )
  • Have had close contact with a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19

Have had close contact with a person with an acute respiratory illness who has been Outside of Canada in the 14 days before their symptom onset.

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COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRES AT WRH

Effective March 8th, 2021, WRH will no longer provide COVID-19 testing for the purposes of international travel at either of the two COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR TESTING TODAY.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centres hours are:

  • Met Campus: Weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm
  • Ouellette Campus: Daily from 8 am to 7 pm

To book an appointment online visit wrh.on.ca/OnlineBooking. (Please note: Internet Explorer is not a supported browser for the online booking tool). You will be asked to create a user profile and have a working email address. Please indicate Windsor under location.

You can also book an appointment by calling 519-973-4443. Phones are answered Monday - Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm. Please have your health card ready. We will be booking 7 days in advance.

If you do not have access to a mobile device, phone, and/or computer or have a disability that prevents you from using one of those platforms to book an appointment please come to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre for support.

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ADDITIONAL COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS

COVID-19 testing is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations for COVID-19 testing is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations for asymptomatic individuals that meet criteria established by the province.

Shoppers Drug Mart - Located in Devonshire Mall
3100 Howard Ave Unit T20, Windsor, ON N8X 3Y8

Shoppers Drug Mart - Located in Tecumseh Mall
7720 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON N8T 1E9

Shoppers Drug Mart
1760 Huron Church Rd, Windsor, ON N9C 2L4

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PATIENT, VISITOR, AND STAFF SCREENING

To help expedite the screening process, visitors can complete a copy of the visitor or staff screening form prior to arrival. Hard copies are also available at the hospital entrance.

Windsor Regional Hospital is limiting entrances and screening all individuals entering the hospital.

All staff are encouraged to download the staff screening app to complete the screening form and receive clearance before coming to work. 

READ MORE & VIEW ACCESS MAPS

 
 

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:

Learn more about the vaccine and how it can help protect you and your family from COVID-19.

 
 

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OPTIONS DURING PANDEMIC

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

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

If I am informed I am positive what will I be asked to do?

 

SELF ISOLATE
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places.
  • Stay home unless you require urgent medical care.
  • Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares.

Avoid contact with others

  • As much as possible, stay in a separate room away from other people in your home and use a separate bathroom if you have one.
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others at all times.
  • No visitors unless essential (e.g., care providers); inform them you are positive.
  • Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (e.g., open windows).

Keep your distance

  • If you are in a room with other people, keep a distance of at least 2 metres and wear a mask or face covering that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Anyone in the same room as you should wear a mask.

 

SYMPTOM MONITORING:
  • Keep track of your symptoms including the date each symptom started and resolved.
  • Seek medical care if your symptoms worsen; call 911 if you have difficulty breathing.

 

COMPILE A LIST OF PLACES VISITED & PEOPLE CASE WAS IN CLOSE CONTACT WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS
(include dates and times where possible):
  • All places visited (work, school, restaurant, travel, social gatherings, etc.)
  • Include addresses if possible.
  • Include all household members (including roommates, care providers in the home, etc.)
  • Identify individuals that spent more than 15 minutes with the case and less than 2 metres distance, while not wearing personal protective equipment (e.g., mask and eye protection).

 

HEALTH UNIT FOLLOW UP
  • A nurse from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will call within the next couple of days.
  • Please have your list of names and phone numbers of all your household contacts, places visited, and anyone you have been in contact with while not wearing a mask in the past 14 days. The Health Unit will review this information when they call you

How has WRH prepared 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 COVID-19 and the implementation of visitor restrictions.

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

Surgical masks are provided at all screening desks.  Every patient and visitor will be asked to wear a mask upon entry to the hospital.  

 

DAILY UPDATES:

March 2021

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Guidance On Personal Protective Equipment and Ethical Frameworks

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines, Treatment of In-Patients, LTC Residents and Healthcare Workers

LTC Homes and Hospital Staff Placement

COVID-19 HR Recommendations

St. Clair Campus

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

Documents

Coping With COVID