Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Muscle aches and tiredness
- Difficulty breathing
How can I protect myself?
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette by coughing/sneezing into a tissue, or into your sleeve or arm (and immediately washing your hands afterwards)
- Not touching your face (A virus's port of entry is your eyes, nose, mouth)
- Cleaning your hands before eating/drinking
- Cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces, like bathroom sinks, kitchen counters, etc.
How to protect yourself against COVID-19 - World Health Organization
What steps is St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital taking to keep patients, visitors and staff safe?
- 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.
- A "No Visitor" policy has been implemented to limit the volume of traffic within the hospital.
- Active screening with controlled entry for ALL patients, visitors and staff.
- Social distancing cues are being installed throughout the hospital.
- Physical barriers have been installed in all clinic areas and perimeter screening locations.
How many cases of COVID-19 are there in Elgin County?
When will surgeries and procedures resume?
Do I need to contact the hospital or my doctor to reschedule my surgery/appointment?
No. Patients are are asked not to contact STEGH to reschedule their surgery, procedure or diagnostic service. Physician offices and/or STEGH will contact patients to book an appointment.
What can I expect when I visit the hospital?
The experience will be different from what may be anticipated; new precautions and systems could include changes to the physical environment and the pre-operative process. Patients will be advised of these changes prior to coming to the hospital..
Travel-related inquiries and self-isolation
- How to self-monitor (If you have travelled outside Canada, it's important to monitor your health when you return to Canada. While abroad, you may have come in contact with COVID-19. Monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada.)
- How to self-isolate (Self-isolation is when you have been instructed to separate yourself from others, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home. If you are ill, you should be separated from others in your household to the greatest extent possible.)
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please Do NOT show up to the hospital unannounced. Please only call 9-1-1 in situations of severe illness.