Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- temperature equal to or over 38°C
- feeling feverish
- fatigue or weakness
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of smell or taste
- gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
- feeling very unwell
- Children have been more commonly reported to have abdominal symptoms, and skin changes or rashes.
How can I protect myself?
Handwashing is your best defense against a range of illnesses, including COVID-19. Wash your hands often to help prevent exposure to, and transmission of, illness.
Other usual health precautions that can help you protect yourself against COVID-19 and other illnesses:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are unwell
- Cough/sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve or arm (immediately wash your hands after)
- Don't touch your face
- Clean your hands before eating/drinking
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, like bathroom sinks, kitchen counters, etc.
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.
- Modified Visiting Guidelines have been implemented to limit the volume of traffic within the hospital.
- Active screening with controlled entry for ALL patients, visitors and staff.
- Physical distancing cues have been installed throughout the hospital.
- Physical barriers have been installed in all clinic areas and perimeter screening locations.
- Universal Masking Policy has been implemented.
How many cases of COVID-19 are there in Elgin County?
Please visit the dashboard on Southwestern Public Health's website for a list of confirmed cases in Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. The dashboard is updated twice each day.
Travel-related inquiries and self-isolation
If you have not travelled, but are concerned about your symptoms, we encourage you to contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your primary care provider/family doctor; this will help keep our emergency room resources available for emergent care patients. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are severely unwell.
Travellers returning to Canada who develop symptoms (see above) within 14 days of their return should contact Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for further assessment and guidance.
- How to self-monitor (If you have travelled outside of the region, it's important to monitor your health when you return. While travelling, you may have come in contact with COVID-19. Monitor your health for symptoms for 14 days after you arrive home.)
- 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.