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Hotel Dieu Changes Visitor Policy; Doctor Under Isolation With Symptoms

Thursday March 12th, 2020, 5:54pm


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Hotel Dieu Grace hospital has made changes to their building accessibility and visiting policies and a doctor developed possible coronavirus symptoms.

“We have learned this morning that a physician who works in our organization has developed symptoms that are similar to COVID-19 after travelling out of country to a non-impacted area,” read a statement from the hospital. “This physician did not meet the case definition outlined by the World Health Organization so they reported to work on Monday, March 9th, 2020 – as the physician should have. Since Monday, the physician’s symptoms have worsened, and the physician has self isolated at home.”

“The physician is currently working with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) in order to get tested. Testing is happening and we will not have the results for a minimum of 24 hours.”

“To maintain the health and safety of our organization, our staff and patients, we have chosen to send anyone who has had direct contact with that physician home. These 22 staff members are self isolating until we receive results from the testing. 8 HDGH patients were in contact with this Physician and we have reached out to each and every one of them.”

The hospital will be putting the following measures into effect as of 5:30am, Friday, March 13th, 2020:

  • Entry points to our main campus will be limited to the Tayfour Building main entrance and Emara main entrance. Signage will be placed at all entry points notifying as such.
  • Upon entering our hospital, each person will be actively screened. This means you will be asked of any respiratory signs, symptoms, and travel history.
  • Visitor restriction is in full effect with visiting hours changing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. This means there will be no visitors to our organization outside of the one visitor per patient. There will be no visitors allowed under the age of 18. Palliative care patients will be allowed 2 visitors. Visitor restrictions will be reviewed on an individual case for compassionate grounds.

Officials say the measures were planned in advance and do not relate to the possible case.

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