Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 Long Term Care homes province-wide are closed to all visitors.This action is being taken to protect elderly residents, and those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions who are at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19. No visitors are permitted in any of the province’s hospitals with the following exceptions: There are no restrictions on the number of visitors for patients at end-of-life; only one designated person per patient is permitted in obstetrics delivery rooms; and parents can visit children who are inpatients.
Visitor restrictions are a series of infection control measures put in place to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases which are common in health care facilities. They are designed to help keep clients, families, staff and visitors healthy and safe.
Help reduce the spread of illness
Visitors can help reduce the spread of illness by doing the following:
- Do not visit if you are ill.
- Clean your hands before entering a room and after visiting your loved ones.
- Limit your visit to only one patient/resident.
- Wear protective equipment, such as masks, gown and gloves for the duration of the visit, if required. Nursing staff will advise which equipment is required, and how to properly apply and remove it.
Please do NOT visit any health care facility if you feel ill or are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms.
Western Health would like to thank the public for their co-operation during this precautionary measure.