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SJHH / Patients & Visitors/ Support Services/ Infection Prevention & Control/ Coronavirus Update

Update on Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, along with our provincial experts at Public Health Ontario, are actively monitoring the situation with the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as it unfolds. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada states that the risk to Canadians is low.

What measures is St. Joe’s taking to prevent transmission of the virus?

We are proactively screening patients at all of our sites. Screening helps us quickly identify patients who have signs and symptoms of infection. When you arrive to hospital services (Emergency Department, Urgent Care Centre, Birthing, Pre-operative, clinics), patients will be asked:

  • If they have a fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • Whether they have traveled to Wuhan or anywhere in Hubei Province, China. 
  • If they have come in contact with someone who has or is suspected of having coronavirus or has traveled to China in the past 14 days.

Our teams have ensured our hospitals are fully stocked with supplies of personal protective equipment for our staff. Our Infection Prevention and Control team are always available to provide advice and support.

Coming to the hospital for a scheduled appointment?

There are no restrictions or changes at this time to clinics or services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The hospital is safe for patients, visitors and staff.

If you have a clinic appointment, test or other procedure scheduled at St. Joe’s, we ask that you notify the reception if you have traveled internationally. 

If you have any of the following symptoms, please call your clinic to see if you should still come to the hospital.

Symptoms to watch for:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath (worse than normal)
  • A new or worsening cough
  • Chills
  • Severe headaches (worse than normal)
  • Unexplained muscle aches
  • Unexplained extreme fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes

It is important that you let your healthcare team know about any recent travel.

Visiting someone in the hospital?

Please do not visit friends or family who are in the hospital if you feel ill or have any of the following symptoms,

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath (worse than normal)
  • A new or worsening cough
  • Chills
  • Severe headaches (worse than normal)
  • Unexplained muscle aches
  • Unexplained extreme fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes

If you have any of these symptoms or are feeling at all unwell, we ask that you not visit our hospitals.

Prevention

To prevent the spread of infectious diseases and to keep healthy, follow these simple steps:

  • Stay home if you are sick
    Return when you are well
  • Wash your hands
    Use soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
    With a tissue or into your sleeve
  • Keep your distance
    Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick

More information

For ongoing updates and status of the virus and risk to Canadians, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada or Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care websites.