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Covid-19

Covid-19

All individuals entering the hospital are required to undergo screening for COVID-19 prior to accessing the facility.

 

All care partners entering the hospital 

  • All Care Partners Entering the hospital
  • Must screen negative for COVID-19
  • Must perform hand hygiene
  • Must wear a face mask issued by screener at all times, including patient room
  • Must only go to their designated area 

  

Care partners should NOT come to the hospital if they:

  • Are feeling unwell
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have been tested for COVID-19 with results pending (or unresolved)
    Note: patients coming to the hospital for testing before a procedure will be permitted to come to the hospital
  • Have had close contact with a confirmed or suspect case of COVID-19

Care partners must wear the surgical grade facemask provided and follow all appropriate infection prevention and control guidelines at all times during their time spent at the hospital.

 

Care partners should also consider their personal health and susceptibility in determining whether visiting in the hospital.

   

Care Partner Definition: An individual who provides physical or emotional supports to the patient. 

 

Inpatients 1st & 2nd Floor

2 care partners per day, per patient, 1 care partner at a time, between 11a.m. and 8:30 p.m., for a maximum of 2 hours


Inpatient 3rd Floor
2 care partners per day, per patient, 1 care partner at a time, between 11a.m. and 7:30 p.m., for a maximum of 2 hours

 

Emergency Department
1 care partner, per patient, in the department unless otherwise specified by the care team

 

Ambulatory Care Clinic
1 care partner, per patient, in the department unless otherwise specified by the care team


Obstetric Patients (labour / delivery / immediate postpartum)
2 care partners, per day, may come in at the same time, unless otherwise specified by the care team
Care Partners may bring in food that must be consumed in patient's room. 

  

Care partners may not bring food or beverages for personal consumption into a patient room or in patient care areas. Meals, snacks and beverages are available in designated areas. 

 

If care givers bring food for their loved one, food containers must be disposed of or taken home with the care giver when they leave;


Flowers are now being accepted for patients on our inpatient units. 

 

AMGH values the questions and feedback of our patients and community. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact:


Michelle Wick, CNE/VP Clinical Care Service 519-524-8689 ext. 5715


Service Updates

AMGH is now offering specialized treatment to eligible patients with COVID-19 in Huron County.


If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of serious illness, please seek testing as soon as you can – even if you are vaccinated. If you are unsure, please call the COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre or your primary care provider for more information.


If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you should immediately call 911 or go to the Emergency Department:

 

  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Severe chest pain
  • Feeling confused or unsure of where you are
  • Losing consciousness

 

What is a COVID-19 Clinical Assessment?

An assessment with a physician for those individuals who may qualify for antiviral treatment (see below for list of those who qualify) or for those individuals who do not qualify for a COVID-19 test, but have symptoms of respiratory illness.

 
How do I know if I need a COVID-19 Clinical Assessment?

The province has recently updated its online screening tool to help determine whether you should stay home and isolate or seek treatment. You can use this tool to guide a self-referral for a clinical assessment appointment, or you can be referred from your primary caregiver and services like Telehealth.

 
Who should get antiviral treatment (Paxlovid)?

Available treatments can help prevent serious illness if taken within 5 days of the start of symptoms. Paxlovid is given to people who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Your risk of serious illness is determined based on a combination of your health, age, and vaccination status,
based on an assessment from a health care provider. You might be at higher risk if you are:

  • immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
  • 70 years of age and older;
  • 60 year of age and older with less than three vaccine doses;
  • 18 years of age or older with less than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition.


Risk conditions include:

  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • congestive heart failure
  • chronic lung disease (including cystic fibrosis)
  • moderate or severe kidney disease
  • intellectual or developmental disability
  • cerebral palsy
  • sickle cell disease
  • moderate or severe liver disease
  • pregnancy

 
What do I need to bring to the clinical assessment centre?

  • Health card 
  •  A list of your medication and a list of any important medical conditions


How do I book a COVID-19 Clinical Assessment?

  • By phone at 519-612-2320
  • Please remember that appointments are required.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Thursday, Friday from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. (last booked appointment is at 4:30 p.m.)


Location:

Michael's Pharmasave (2nd floor) 181 Cambria Rd N, Goderich, ON - Please use the Montcalm St. entrance

 

AMGH is unable to provide outpatient COVID-19 testing at the hospital at this time.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most patients experience mild symptoms, and recover without treatment. More information on symptoms is available here

What if I have symptoms?

Please take the provincial COVID-19 self-assessment and follow provided instructions.

How do I protect myself?

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

 

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are now available, contact your Family Practitioner, local pharmacy or Public Health Unit for more information.

 

Everyday actions

 

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

  • avoid contact with people who are sick

  • stay home if you are sick

Who can I contact if I have COVID-19 related questions?
  • TeleHealth: 1-866-797-0000
  • Huron Perth Public Health Unit: 519-482-3416
Who is being tested for COVID-19?

At this time, due to limited test supplies across the province, patients are unlikely to be tested for COVID-19 unless they are admitted to hospital.