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COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) is taking every precaution to ensure that our staff, patients, volunteers and visitors remain safe. SMH is well prepared to respond to COVID-19 and we are implementing new protocols and best practices to keep our facility a safe environment.

Visitor Policy

SMH has started to ease visitor restrictions at the Hospital.

Currently:

  • Long-stay patients (10 days or more) are able to have a scheduled visit for one hour, twice a week between the hours of 2-6 p.m.
  • This excludes the Obstetrics Unit, where patients are able to have one support person 24/7 (must be the same person that stays - no additional visitors)
  • Exceptions also apply in the Emergency Department (i.e. paediatric patients 18 and under)

Any visitors that are deemed an essential support will be exempted by the day based on clinical judgement.


Screening Policy

Effective Monday, March 16, all individuals will be required to undergo COVID-19 screening before entering the Hospital.

Patients, visitors, security or contractors onsite will be screened outside of the main entrance/Emergency entrance in an OPP Community Safety trailer that has been cleaned and designated for COVID-19 screening use. Any individual that leaves the Hospital property and returns on the same day will need to repeat the screening process.

The screening process includes questions related to your current health status (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath) and will only take a few minutes to complete.  Our Registration and Emergency Department Triage staff will continue to screen patients for the COVID-19 virus as well.

If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, please call the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (1-877-721-7520) or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) before coming to the Hospital.

The best way to prevent infection from any virus, including COVID-19 is to practice handwashing, cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing (in elbow) and stay home if you are sick.

Be sure to check out our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

For accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit:

Public Health Agency - Government of Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health


Screening vs Testing

Stevenson Memorial Hospital is currently screening patients upon entry of the Hospital for COVID-19 and has secured an OPP Community Safety trailer to do so. It has been cleaned and customized for our use at the main entrance. 

This is not an assessment centre for anyone that feels they need to be screened or tested for COVID-19. Our Screening Policy is in effect to ensure that our hospital remains safe for our patients and staff and visitors in our facility.

Our COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-7 p.m. in the lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). Assessment Centre will be operating on Monday, August 3rd. 

Testing eligibility has been expanded, and anyone who is symptomatic (even mildly), concerned about exposure to someone who has the virus (or is suspected to have it) or has risk of exposure due to their employment (i.e. essential frontline worker) will receive a test. Please wear a mask when you come to the Assessment Centre to ensure the safety of our staff and those around you.

Patients who are experiencing symptoms will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. If patients do not have symptoms or no known exposure, they will not be required to self-isolate.

If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please visit your local Emergency Department. Call before you go to inform and them that you are coming.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results, you can now view results online: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ 

Volunteer Services

The services of the Auxiliary have been suspended, including high school student volunteers. The Coffee Corner and Gift Shop are closed until further notice.

We want to take precaution and ensure that we are limiting volume in the Hospital as much as possible, in addition to keeping vulnerable populations safe.