News release – from Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) is rolling back its Designated Visitor Policy to Phase 1, from Phase 2a on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. to further protect its patients, employees and physicians.
At this time, all designated visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination and photo identification to enter the hospital. Negative rapid antigen or PCR tests will not be accepted as a substitute for proof of vaccination.
Under Phase 1, designated visitors will be permitted at one visitor per patient for:
- End of life including MAID and stillbirth
- Major surgery
- Critical illness/life altering diagnosis
- Patients under the age of 18
- Significant developmental, intellectual disability/cognitive impairment/unable to effectively communicate
- Patient requiring caregiver to support hospital workflow
- Emergency Department patients meeting any of the above criteria
Designated visitors will continue to enter through the hospital’s main doors, where they will provide proof of vaccination or exemption, answer a series of screening questions, clean their hands, and be provided with a hospital-grade mask. Designated visitors must wear the hospital-grade mask at all times while within the hospital.
“CGMH acknowledges the tremendous impact restricting visitors can have on loved ones. This is an especially difficult decision to make as we approach the holidays. As Ontario hospitals experience the effects of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant, CGMH is rolling back its Designated Visitor Policy once again. CGMH is moving to Phase 1 of the hospital’s Designated Visitor Policy to maintain a safe workplace for all employees and to keep our patients safe,” says Lauren Tindall, VP Patient Experience.