COVID-19

Effective Thursday, October 8, non-essential travel outside of Northern Ontario (defined as the Manitoba Border to Perry Sound - see TBRHSC Map) in the past seven days will result in a failed entrance screening in our facilities and the potential deferral of your non-urgent care.

This applies to all NOSH staff, patients who require non-urgent care, volunteers, Approved Visitors and Essential Care Partners. Exceptions may be made in in extenuating circumstances. 

This applies to all NOSH staff, patients who require non-urgent care, volunteers, Approved Visitors and Essential Care Partners. Exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances. 

PLEASE NOTE: This policy shall not create delays in emergent treatment.
This policy update is based on the recommendations of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. 
 
NOSH recognizes the difficulty in these restrictions, but with the increase in COVID cases throughout Ontario and Canada, the safety of all patients, clients and staff is of the utmost priority. As we enter the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must all remain vigilant for the protection of the most vulnerable patients within our care. We encourage everyone to carefully consider the need for any travel outside of Northern Ontario. 
 
If there are any questions regarding this policy change, we encourage you to email ebruce@nosh.ca.

To help prevent the risk or spread of COVID-19, visitors are limited at the Hospital, including Wilkes Terrace Long Term Care, Chronic Care Units, and Peninsula Manor, effective immediately and until further notice. 

Please note, the ability to allow Essential Care Partners (ECP)/visitors will be determined on a day to day basis and NOSH reserves the right to remove visitation privileges if an outbreak occurs or community spread is identified. Any ECP and/or visitors entering the facility will be screened as per protocol. Anyone entering any of the NOSH facilities is required to wear a mask at all times. 

VISITORS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN ER DEPARTMENT

May allow 1 designated ECP to assist with personal/emotional care needs of a patient whose absence would create healthcare concerns for the patient. 

2 approved visitors from the patients allowed social circle of 10. Patients will be asked on admission who their 2 approved visitors are. 

May be allowed 2 designate ECP to assist with personal/emotional care needs of a patient whose absence would create healthcare concerns for the patient. 

NOTE: Only 2 visitors (either ECP or Approved Visitor) to be allowed per day at one time. Visiting allowed Monday thru Friday, 10am - 4pm. 

All visitors to be approved by the Chief Nursing Officer or designate. 

2 approved visitors from the patients allowed social circle of 10. Patients will be asked on admission who their 2 approved visitors are. 

May be allowed 2 designate ECP to assist with personal/emotional care needs of a patient whose absence would create healthcare concerns for the patient. 

NOTE: Only 2 visitors (either ECP or Approved Visitor) to be allowed per day at one time. Visiting allowed Monday thru Friday, 10am - 4pm. 

All visitors to be approved by the Chief Nursing Officer or designate. 

As per Directive #3 from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

All visitors to be approved by the LTC Manager. 

 

COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care (LTC) Visitors:

 Family Members and Caregivers Public Health Training for LTC

 Extenuating circumstance will be considered by CNOs or designate for those patients/residents requiring end of life care and/or care needs outside of the scheduled hours. We recognize that it is essential for family presence at the patient bedside. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the CNO, physician and families. 

All other visitors that are coming to the Lab or Diagnostic Imaging, must be screened prior to entrance. You will be asked a series of questions and are required to wear a mask and wash your hands before you are permitted to enter.
We will be working hard to try to protect our staff so that they are able to continue to care for the community - your friends, your neighbours, your family. Please help us to do that by being patient with the screening questions, answering honestly and following instructions.

If you believe you have symptoms of the 2019 novel Coronavirus:

If you think you have coronovirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, click here to take the self-assessment to help you to determine how to seek further care.

  • Call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000 or contact the Thunder Bay District Health Unit at 625-5900 and ask to speak to a public health nurse in the Infectious Disease program;
  • If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your symptoms and travel history.

COVID-19 Assessment Centers

Marathon - Marathon Family Health Team

Open from 2pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, please call the MFHT at 229-3243, or the local Public Health Unit at 825-7770. They will ask you questions over the telephone to detemine if you should be tested. If you require a test, an appointment with the Assessment Centre will be made for you by your family doctor or Public Health and they will provide you with futher instructions. 

Terrace Bay - The McCausland Hospital 

Open from 10:00am - 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, please call your family doctor, or the local Public Health Unit at 825-7770. They will ask you questions over the telephone to determine if you should be tested. If you require a test, an appointment with the Assessment Centre will be made for you by your family doctor or Public Health and they will provide you with further instruction.


NOSH COVID-19 FAQ Page 


Further Information 

For more detailed information on the status of the virus and risk to Ontarians, please visit the Thunder Bay District Health UnitOntario Ministry of Health website and/or the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Information on self-isolation can be found here: Public Health: How to Self Isolate

How to properly Physical (Social) Distance: TBDHU Physical Distancing Traffic Light

Mental Health: North of Superior Councelling Program 

More information regarding your municipality and any of their facility closures, can be found here: Biigtigong Nishnaabeg ; Pic MobertTown of Marathon ; Town of SchreiberTown of Terrace Bay 

For more information on different ways to shop and seniors hours: Sirard's Your Independent Grocer - Marathon ;  IDA Pharmacy - MarathonCosta's Foods Ltd. - Terrace Bay / Screiber ; Stewarts Pharmacy - Terrace Bay


NOSH Educational Videos

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