COVID-19, Health

WRH to Increase Number of Visitors, Remove Active Screening on July 1

WRH  Increasing Number of Allowable Visitors; Removing “Active” Screening at Entrance
But Asking Anyone Who Visits to Self Screen for COVID Symptoms

WINDSOR, ON _ Windsor Regional Hospital is opening up visitation to allow two essential caregivers to visit with a patient at a time, while also requiring those who visit to “self screen” for COVID-19 symptoms before entering any WRH campus including the Regional Cancer Centre.

Further to amended guidance from the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario effective July 1st, those who come to visit patients at WRH will no longer be “actively” screened at campus entrances for COVID-19 symptoms or to immediately provide proof of vaccination/recent negative PCR test to enter the hospital. HOWEVER, we are asking anyone entering the building to continue to self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19. Those who come to visit may also be asked to provide proof of at least a second dose vaccination or a negative community-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) or antigen test result taken within 3 days before their visit.

Symptoms for self screening are as follows:

 Fever/chills

 New/worse cough

 New/worse shortness of breath

 Decrease/loss of smell or taste

 Sore throat

 Runny nose/nasal congestion

 Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

 Tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 10 days

 Exposure to a COVID-19 positive case in the previous 10 days (without a mask)

 Have been told to quarantine by a physician, PHAC, CBSA or the Public Health unit

No visitation is allowed for patients with active confirmed or suspected COVID receiving an aerosol-generating procedure- Resolved cases may have Essential Caregivers as identified below. Limited exemptions are available for parents/guardians of a child with confirmed or suspected COVID 19.

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVER RESTRICTIONS

EFFECTIVE July 1st, 2022 WRH will allow TWO essential caregivers at the bedside at a time within the allotted visitation.

For palliative patients, 2 essential caregivers at a time, may visit 24/7 4 essential caregivers at a time, 24/7 for a patient that is actively dying/end of life, or having a planned withdrawal of life support. This may include visitors less than 18 years of age when accompanied by an adult.

Some limitations may apply to the number of visitors allowed at one time based on the clinical space restrictions.

All visitors must wear a medical-grade mask at ALL times and in ALL areas of the hospital. If visitors do not have one they will be provided with a medical-grade mask at the entrance. Cloth masks by themselves will not be allowed.

All visitors may be required to wear eye protection while visiting a patient. Face shields will be

provided to visitors on the unit if required. Please refer to our policy regarding these issues.

No visitation is allowed for patients with active confirmed or suspected COVID-19, that are receiving aerosol-generating medical procedures including but not exclusive to non-invasive ventilation (BiPAP, CPAP) or high flow oxygen (AIRVO, Optiflow) due to the extremely high risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Please refer to the nursing unit for clarification. Virtual visits for these patients will be supported using technology such as iPads. Resolved cases may have visitors as identified in this policy.

VISITATION HOURS:

 10 am to 8 pm (except Critical Care units)

 10 am to 6 pm, and 8 pm to 10 pm (Critical Care units only)

 For Mental Health and Renal Dialysis please see below

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVERS WILL BE RESTRICTED IF THEY:

 Are under the age of 18, unless they are the parent/guardian of the patient or are
accompanied by an adult visiting a palliative/end of life patient

 Are symptomatic

 Have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days and have been advised to quarantine
upon their arrival

 Have tested positive for COVID-19 (and are not resolved cases)

 Have had close contact with a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19

 Have had close contact with a person with an acute respiratory illness who has been outside of Canada in the 14 days before their symptom onset.

For department-specific restrictions as well as specific hours for mental health, dialysis, the emergency department, paediatrics and newborns, as well as additional information, please visit our website at https://www.wrh.on.ca/COVID19-Visitation.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to work to keep protect our community and our keep our hospital system functioning

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