Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital tightens visitor regulations as COVID numbers continue to rise

‘Essential Visitors or Care Partners’ only during specified hours

As COVID-19 cases in Simcoe-Muskoka continue to rise Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has returned to a more restrictive visitor policy effective Friday, December 11.   
 
Similar to the start of the pandemic, only individuals pre-determined to be ‘Essential Visitors or Care Partners’ (see below) are permitted entry into the building.  Visiting hours have been restricted to between 10 a.m and 8 p.m., and there are limitations on the length of time visitors can remain inside the hospital (allowances will be made for Essential Visitors during palliative, childbirth, and other medical situations). 

“We recognize how difficult visitor restrictions are for patients and families, however we want to do everything we can now to protect our patients, families and staff,” said Carmine Stumpo, OSMH President and CEO.  
 
In addition to those changes, visitors permitted access into the building are required to wear a hospital provided face mask. Previously, visitors were permitted to wear their own personal mask or face covering. The hospital has also enhanced staff screening practices to help prevent potential spread.  

Requests to become an Essential Visitor can be made by leaving a message with the hospital through a dedicated phone line, (705) 325-2201 Ext. 8097, and/or email address visiting@osmh.on.ca. All requests will be reviewed with care teams and responded to as quickly as possible.