Determine if you require a COVID-19 test by completing the Self-Assessment.
Low risk, asymptomatic individuals will NOT be considered for COVID-19 testing unless for a long term care visit or medical procedure as per Ministry of Health Guidance.
Ontarians are being asked to visit a COVID-19 Assessment Centre ONLY if they are:
- Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19
- Direct contacts of confirmed cases identified as:
- A household contact
- Directed or recommended by Public Health via contact tracing or outbreak investigation
- Notified via the COVID alert app
- In addition, the following groups are eligible for testing at assessment centres regardless of the presence of symptoms, Currently, these are:
- Workers (including support workers), visitors (including caregivers) and government inspectors of long-term care homes
- Workers (including support workers), visitors (including caregivers) and government inspectors of retirement homes
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters or other congregate settings
- International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
- Farm workers
- Individuals who identify as Indigenous
- Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
- Individuals who are travelling into remove/isolated First Nation and Indigenous communities for work purposes
- School staff inclusive of itinerant, supply, specialty teachers, and childcare staff, and school bus drivers
COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance Update
HDH is temporarily updating its visiting policy. Effective Monday, June 7, 2021, visitors will be permitted to the hospital.
Visitation will now be limited to two (2) designated visitors per inpatient stay with one (1) designated visitor per day for acute inpatients between the hours of 2-7pm. The length of the visit is based on the patient's needs, as determined in collaboration with the patient and team.
At this time visitor restrictions remain in place for the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory and Surgical Services, unless the patient is a child or requires a support person.
Some exceptions will be made for compassionate reasons including;
- Palliative patients nearing end of life;
- Obstetrical patients will be allowed one (1) support person (i.e. partner) to attend ultrasound scans and the birthing unit; and
- Children and Geriatric patients or other patients requiring a support person to accompany them to the Emergency Department.
If an exception is made, only one (1) visitor per patient will be permitted.
This policy is in place to protect the safety of our patients, physicians and staff and we will continue to evaluate the situation.
The front entrance continues to be closed. All patient must enter through the Emergency Department entrance.
As a COVID-19 precaution, upon arrival, you will be screened before entering the building and will be asked to clean your hands. You will also be asked to wear a mask upon arrival.