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OSMH restricting visitor access, nixing elective surgeries

OSMH is now actively screening all visitors and patients as they enter the hospital
Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Visitor access into Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is being reduced as a precaution against spread of COVID-19. 

Effectively immediately, the hospital will permit only one visitor per patient at any given time, with visiting hours reduced from 24 hours a day, back to designated hours from 9 a.m. to 9p.m. There will be some exceptions on compassionate or clinical grounds.  

OSMH is now actively screening all visitors and patients as they enter the hospital. Upon arrival, everyone will be asked specific questions by screeners before being permitted entry.   

The hospital continues to advise visitors who feel unwell, but do not require care, to avoid coming to the hospital. Those that do come to the hospital are reminded to wash their hands thoroughly as they enter and exit different areas. 

In summary,

  • Visiting hours are restricted between 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Visitors are limited to one per patient
  • If you don’t need to be at the hospital, please do not visit

 Postponement of elective, non-urgent procedures

To reduce non-essential visits to the hospital and as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, OSMH is postponing elective, non-urgent surgical procedures, effective Monday March 16, 2020. 

The hospital will be reaching out to patients to advise them of the postponement.  All inpatient and outpatient services are being prioritized to ensure needed services are provided in a timely manner. 

 Visitor and patient information

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health advise all travelers to monitor their health for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing for 14 days after arriving back in Canada. 

If symptoms develop within 14 days, returning travelers are directed to self-isolate as quickly as possible and immediately call their health care professionals or public health.   

Symptoms include a fever, new or worsening cough or difficulty breathing.

If you're unsure:

  • Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with a nurse, or
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 1-705-721-7520 weekdays or 1-877-721-7520 after-hours.
  • Be sure to mention your travel history 

Where to go for more information 

Ministry of Health

Coronavirus information page 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital        

Government of Canada

World Health Organization (WHO)