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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. 

COVID-19 Symptoms

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. 

Status Update

Status update

As of August 7

Current RVH inpatients with confirmed COVID-19 


RVH COVID-19 related deaths


Positive inpatients to-date



COVID-19 Testing

If you have severe symptoms go to RVH's Emergency Department or call 9-1-1 if a medical emergency.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms:

Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre
490 Huronia Road, Barrie
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: closed

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. 

If you do not have symptoms but wanted to be tested:

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre – "Clinic C" Drive-Thru only
201 Georgian Drive – Atrium entrance (look for the three flagpoles)

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
For appointments phone: 705-797-3120



Additional testing and walk-in clinic:

Barrie & Community Family Medicine Clinics

Prince William – Shoppers Drug Mart plaza
829 Big Bay Point Road, Barrie, Unit D12
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
You can call ahead for an appointment at 705 722-1199

For your other, non-COVID-19 related, healthcare needs: 

Call your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. If your regular healthcare provider is not available, you can:
• Call the Barrie & Community Family Medicine Walk-in Clinics at 705-722-1199 and view their hours at

• Call the Huronia Urgent Care Clinic at 705-792-0933 and view their hours at or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000

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

RVH patient and visitor information


Every admitted patient is allowed ONE visitor; ONCE a week; ​​​​​​​for ONE hour.* 

 *Subject to change without notice, some exceptions apply.

  • Patients or their Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) may identify one visitor and one alternate.  

Once a week:

  •    One hour visits can be scheduled 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 5 – 8 p.m. 
  •   Mental health patient visits can be scheduled between 4 – 8 p.m. 

One support person may accompany a patient during an outpatient or Emergency visit if required.

Visitors will use the Main entrance, unless directed otherwise, and must adhere to the following criteria: 

  • •  Visitors will be screened upon entry. Visitors who are unwell will not be permitted inside RVH.
  • •  Visitors will be asked to present identification.
  • •  Visitors will be given a sticker to identify them as an approved visitor.
  • •  Visitors will be required to wear a mask.
  • •  Visitors can use their own mask - see disposable or reusable cloth mask criteria below.
  • •  Visitors must maintain physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet.
  • •  Visitors must wash their hands frequently 
  • •  Visitors must follow safety precautions directed by screeners and care teams.
  • •  Visitors must go to and from the unit they are visiting - NO in and out privileges.
  • •  Visits cannot exceed one hour.
  • •  Only one visitor in a shared patient room at a time.

  • Anyone exhibiting the following signs or symptoms will not be permitted inside the health centre:

    •  Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    •  Anyone who is known or suspected COVID-19 positive and has not been cleared by Public Health.
    •  Anyone who is a contact of a known COVID-19 positive individual.
    •  Has travelled in the past 14 days outside of Canada.

  • Click here for more visitor information

  • Click here to download the Visitor Information Sheet

Resumption of procedures:

RVH has begun to resume some scheduled surgeries and procedures that were paused in mid-March as a result of the pandemic. RVH is working closely with other hospitals in Simcoe Muskoka on a gradual, safe 5-Phase Recovery Plan.

Phase 1 of the plan focuses on scheduled surgical procedures, endoscopy and interventional cardiology and other procedures will be ramped-up in the coming months as the next phases of the recovery plan are approved. Please be patient as we gradually introduce more procedures – your safety is our priority.

Phase 1 Information:

• Your surgeon’s office will call you directly when your surgery or procedure has been rescheduled and will provide instructions and details on precautions to take. Please do not call RVH for a status update.

• While waiting for your surgery, be sure to strictly follow all public health safety guidelines to ensure you don’t contract COVID-19. If you do get sick, your procedure will have to be rescheduled.

• For scheduled appointments, use RVH’s MAIN or SIMCOE entrance, as directed when your appointment is scheudled. At each entrance, you will be screened before entry.

o The Emergency entrance is for urgent medical care with no walkthrough access to the health centre

o The Atrium entrance is closed for COVID-19 drive-thru clinic use

• To ensure your safety, limited visitors are currently permitted at RVH, although some exceptions (i.e. compassionate grounds) may apply. You should bring your cell phone to communicate with your family.

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

• All patients and visitors will be screened at the Main, Simcoe 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

• 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 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 restricted

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)