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The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for everyone, but hospitals, including RVH, have never experienced anything like what we are currently facing.

Hospitalizations, along with an unprecedented staffing shortage, has resulted in a “one-two punch” creating sustained pressure on hospital.

Despite the incredibly demanding circumstances, RVH’s exhausted staff and physicians are doing their absolute best to care for you, working long hours and additional shifts to ensure safe staffing levels. Please be understanding, be kind and treat them with the respect they deserve.

As we work through this current crisis, we also ask for your help.

If you do not need hospital-level care for your non-urgent health issue, please call your family doctor or visit a walk-in or urgent care clinic. And please be patient; the growing number of hospitalizations means waits in our ED may be lengthy.

RVH continues to operate its Immunization Clinic at 29 Sperling Drive in Barrie. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, book an appointment as soon as possible through the provincial online portal at or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

The COVID Cold and Flu Care Clinic  also at 29 Sperling Drive, is now open  8 am to 8 p.m.

Be assured that RVH continues to do everything possible to keep our patients – and their care teams – safe. Thank you for your outstanding support, appreciation and encouragement over the past two years.

What 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 required to self-screen at entrances. 
  • Patients with symptoms will be masked and cared for by staff wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including contact and droplet precautions.
  • 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.
  • Created critical care capacity and designated COVID units


  • 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.

Barrie Testing Clinic


Nasal and throat swabs available.
Drive-thru option available.

29 Sperling Drive
(former Barrie Police headquarters)
Seven days a week: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Phone:705-797-3120 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Click here to book an appointment


COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinic
29 Sperling Dr. 


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

After you are vaccinated, you can log in to the provincial portal to download or print an electronic  vaccine receipt for each dose you have received.

Paxlovid is an antiviral medication that can be taken by mouth at home and must be taken within five days of the start of symptoms. On January, 17, 2022, Health Canada approved the use of Paxlovid for treatment of COVID-19.  View the Province of Ontario Eligibility Guidelines.

Note: Paxlovid is not a replacement for vaccination. This antiviral is a treatment that is intended for those who are at a higher risk of severe outcomes that may lead to hospitalization. RVH strongly encourages everyone eligible to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Who is eligible for Paxlovid:

  • Patients who are at higher risk of severe outcomes based on clinical assessment. View the Province of Ontario Eligibility Guidelines.
  • Tested positive (PCR, rapid molecular, or rapid antigen test [including self-administered])
  • Mildly ill and present within five days of symptom onset
  • Do not have contraindications are eligible for Paxlovid based on clinician judgement

Download patient handout

Key resources

COVID-19 Science Advisory Table’s clinical guidelines

Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir (Paxlovid): What Prescribers and Pharmacists Need to Know 

Paxlovid product monograph 

For more information contact RVH’s COVID, Cold & Flu Clinic at 705-797-3120