Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital continues to monitor the situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada states that the risk to Canadians is low.
 
For more information on the status of the virus, please ensure you reference credible sources of information, such as the Ministry of Health website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
 
What steps is St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital taking to prevent transmission of the virus?
Screening patients for symptoms is being done in points of entry such as the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Ambulatory Care, Women & Children’s, and Outpatient Units. This screening, together with recent travel history, helps us to identify patients who have signs and symptoms of infection. 
 
If you have a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever, you will be required to put on a mask when you enter the hospital. This is to protect others. Everyone is encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon arrival. 
 
How to properly wear a face mask

How to Properly Wear a Face Mask from STEGH on Vimeo.

STEGH is coordinating with Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Health and other agencies to help guide decision-making and receive updates on the virus. 
 
Information for patients
It is important to remember that we are in influenza season and there are other respiratory illnesses circulating in the community. 
 
However, if individuals have a travel history to an affected area in the 14 days before onset of illness, and/or have come in close contact with other ill individuals with a similar travel history and are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness, please contact your family doctor, a walk-in clinic, urgent care centre, or the hospital. For 24/7 help by phone, contact Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000.
 
How to protect yourself
To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including Coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:
  • washing your hands often
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette

*Please do NOT visit patients in hospital if you are feeling unwell. If you have a non-urgent appointment in one of our outpatient clinics and become unwell, please call the appropriate clinic/department and reschedule your appointment.