More restrictive visitor policy returns at Orillia hospital as COVID-19 outbreak declared on medical unit

Four patients have tested positive for the virus

A more restrictive visitor policy is returning to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital as of Thursday.

OSMH announced the change hours after the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the facilities primary medical unit. Four patients have tested positive for the virus. So far, there are no cases among staff.

Depending on the patient’s circumstance, the hospital will either cap the number of essential visitors per patient to one plus an alternate or prohibit essential visitors altogether. End of life, childbirth, paediatric or exceptional circumstance patients are some examples of those who would be eligible for one essential visitor plus an alternate. 

The hospital says the move is in response to a spiked increase in local COVID-19 activity and the outbreak declared on the primary medical unit – Soldiers’ One. The unit currently remains closed to all visitors and new admissions.   

For essential visitors to be deemed eligible, they must show proof of full vaccination, pre-register in advance, be approved by the patient, and follow all the necessary COVID-19 precautions such as being screened at the main entrance, wearing a hospital mask and Essential Visitor identification badge, maintaining physical distancing throughout their visit, and signing in and out of the hospital.

Outpatients are required to notify the hospital scheduling department if a support person is required as an essential visitor. 

Full visitor restrictions remain in place for the Emergency Department and other outpatient care areas where visiting is at the discretion of the care team and in considering individual patient needs.  

For more information about our revised visiting policy, click here.