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COVID-19 Updates

We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and are taking immediate precautions to reduce non-essential visits to the health centre, ensure patients, staff and the broader community are safe, and preserve vital medical supplies and equipment. 

Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre

  • Location: 
    490 Huronia Road, Barrie
    Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

    At the assessment centre, you will be seen and assessed by a physician or nurse practitioner, who will provide you with the necessary care and treatment for your medical needs as well as instructions for self-care and follow up as required.  If you have COVID related symptoms* and meet the current public health testing criteria you will be tested and those results will be communicated directly to you when they are available. 

    Symptoms include:

    Difficulty breathing; fever; cough; muscle aches; fatigue; headache; sore throat and runny nose.

    Additional symptoms may include hoarse voice; difficulty swallowing; loss of sense of smell or taste; diarrhea or nausea/vomiting, conjunctivitis.

    For seniors, symptoms may also include chills; delirium with no other obvious reason; falls; acute functional decline; increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure. 

    People who are unsure if they should visit the assessment centre should: 

    • First call your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. 
    • If you do not have a Family Physician/Nurse Practitioner or your regular healthcare provider is not available, call the Barrie & Community Family Medicine - Walk-in Clinics or the Huronia Urgent Care Clinic.  

    • If these options are unavailable, then you should contact Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000.

  • For clinic hours and contact information please visit: or Huronia Urgent Care Clinic.

  • RVH visitor restrictions

  • Effective immediately:  


    Currently, no visitors are allowed at RVH, some exceptions may apply 




Ambulatory Cancellations 
(outpatient prodcedures)

Effective imemdiately, RVH is cancelling most non-urgent, scheduled outpatient procedures and clinics

Urgent procedures and visits, such as vital cancer appointments, will go ahead as scheduled

Affected patients will be contacted directly and rebooked as soon as it is safe to do so

If you have NOT been contacted by RVH, assume your procedure will go ahead

Surgical Procedure Cancellations 

To reduce non-essential visits to the health centre, ensure the safety of our patients and preserve vital medical supplies and equipment, we are cancelling all elective non-urgent surgical procedures, effective Monday March 16, 2020. 

• All non-urgent surgical cases will be postponed

• All non-urgent endoscopic procedures will be postponed

• All preadmission clinic visits will be cancelled and rescheduled

Other surgical ambulatory clinic activity will not be impacted by this change. This will not affect emergency surgical procedures. Obstetrical care (including booked caesarean sections) will not be impacted and will proceed as usual. We will be contacting patients impacted by these cancelling to reschedule their procedures.

Message to the Community

RVH is well-prepared to respond to COVID-19, taking all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of its patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, visitors and broader community.

RVH has received notification of a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.

RVH has implemented many protocols to ensure safety during this time, including: 

• All patients and visitors will be screened at the Main and Emergency department entrances

• Patients with an acute respiratory infection who recently travelled or have been in contact with a person who has travelled triggers additional screening at registration and if required, are placed on appropriate precautions

• Infection Prevention and Control protocols and procedures are robust with ongoing training and support

• Clear signage is posted throughout the facility and visitors are advised not to visit RVH if they have travelled within the past two weeks and have mild symptoms

• Exceptions to visitor restrictions will be based on clinical judgement and compassionate grounds

• One rooming-in support person per obstetric patient and paediatric patient will be permitted to stay the night with their partner/child

• Enhanced cleaning continues in busy, high-touch areas

• In an abundance of caution, RVH has restricted all work-related travel outside Canada

• Large meetings and gatherings over 10 people are now restricted until at least the end of April

Visitor and patient information


The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health advise all travellers to monitor their health for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing for 14 days after arriving back in Canada. If symptoms develop within 14 days, returning travellers are directed to self-isolate as quickly as possible and immediately call their health care professionals or public health. 

Symptoms include: a fever, new or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of sense of smell or taste, diarrhea or nausea/vomiting.

For seniors additional symptoms include: chills, delirium with no other obvious reason, falls, acute functional decline, increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure. 

If you're unsure about whether or not to go to Emergency:

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with a nurse or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 1-705-721-7520 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and weekends 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Keeping yourself and your family safe

• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

• Avoid close contact with others

• Avoid shaking hands

• If you are concerned about your symptoms or have travelled outside of the country, consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

• For reliable, up-to-date information, visit the following websites:


What You Need to Know

What is a coronavirus?

A coronavirus typically causes symptoms that are similar to those of the common cold, however, it can also cause more severe illness including pneumonia and death. The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus was a type of coronavirus. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain previously not identified in humans.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Symptoms may also include muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

In Seniors symptoms can also include chills, delirium with no other obvious reason, falls, acute functional decline, increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure.

How is a case confirmed?

 The only way to confirm this new coronavirus is with a lab test. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the virus may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 after exposure.

How can it be prevented?

There is no vaccine to prevent the infection, however everyday preventive actions can help to stop the spread of this coronavirus, in fact, any respiratory virus:

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

● Stay home if you are sick

What specifically is RVH doing?

RVH has implemented a number of protocols. In addition to continuous surveillance we have:

● Enhanced screening measures: All patients and visitors are screened at entrances. This includes questions about flu-like symptoms, cough and travel within the past two weeks. Patients with a travel history, or those who have had contact with anyone who travelled to impacted areas and is unwell, will trigger additional screening, protection and care in a negative pressure room. 

● Patients with symptoms will be masked and cared for by staff wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including contact and droplet precautions.

● We have updated signage at our entrances and are asking patients and visitors to follow the instructions. 

● There is also a recorded message when you call RVH's telephone numbers.

● We have implemented more frequent and enhanced cleaning in our busy areas.

● RVH is in frequent contact with public health and is participating in a regional committee to ensure preparedness.

What will happen if a patient with the virus comes to RVH?

Through our rigorous screening process, the patient will be identified, required to put on a mask, potentially isolated and cared for by a team wearing appropriate protective equipment. RVH will follow the public health guidelines for treatment. RVH is well prepared. We have a very detailed, up-to-date Pandemic Plan based on lessons learned from our experience during SARS 17 years ago, H1N1 in 2009 and, more recently, Ebola preparedness. 

Where to go for more information

  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

  • Government of Canada

  • World Health Organization (WHO)