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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 September 23

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. 

Low risk, asymptomatic individuals should not be considered for COVID-19 testing.

Patients without symptoms and who do not meet the new provincial criteria will not be tested at Clinic C or other assessment centres.

Residents are being asked to go to Assessment Centres only if they:

• Were notified by public health or the COVID Alert app that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus

• They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak

• Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care

People may also be tested at an assessment centre if they:

• Live, work or visit a long-term care home

• Live or work in homeless shelters or group homes

• International students passed their 14-day quarantine period

• Farm workers

• Are from an Indigenous community

• Other setting-specific populations, as outlined in CMOH guidance (e.g. asymptomatic cancer patients).

• Asymptomatic travellers 

Click here or visit the Ministry of Health website for full details on testing criteria.
Testing Centre Locations

RVH – "Clinic C" Drive-Thru only - (no appointments)

201 Georgian Drive – Atrium entrance (look for the three flagpoles)
7 days a week: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


RVH – Testing Centre (for booked appointments only)
29 Sperling Drive (former Barrie Police headquarters)

Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For appointments please call: 705-797-3120


​Click here to book your appointment online 
Complete with your name, health card number and date of birth, you will receive an email with instructions about your appointment. 

  • Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre (walk-in only)

    490 Huronia Road, Barrie.
    Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 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.


  • 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


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)