COVID-19: Information You Need to Know

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches and tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Less commonly: sore throat, headache and diarrhea have been reported.

How can I protect myself?
Handwashing is your best defense against a range of illnesses, including COVID-19. Wash your hands often to help prevent exposure to, and transmission of, illness. Other usual health precautions that can help you protect yourself again COVID-19 and other illness are:

  • Avoiding Contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Practicing proper cough and  sneeze etiquette by coughing/sneezing into a tissue, or into your sleeve or arm (and immediately washing your hands afterwards)
  • Not touching your face (A virus’s port of entry is your eyes, nose and mouth)
  • Cleaning your hands before eating and drinking
  • Cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces, like bathroom sinks, kitchen counters, etc. 
What steps is Listowel Wingham Hospital Alliance taking to prevent the transmission of the virus?
LWHA is coordinating with Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Health and other agencies to help guide decision-making and receive updates on the virus. 

Screening patients for symptoms is being done for all appointments. This screening, together with recent travel history, helps us to identify patients who have signs and symptoms of infection.

If you have a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever, you will be required to put on a mask when you enter the hospital. This is to protect others. Everyone is encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon arrival.  

Travel-Related Inquiries and Self-Isolation
If you have travelled to an affected area (or been in close contact with someone who has), and you are experiencing symptoms of cough or shortness of breath and a fever, contact Huron Perth Health Unit at 1-888-221-2133.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please DO NOT come to the hospital unannounced. Please only call 9-1-1 in situations of severe illness. 

*Please do NOT visit patients in hospital if you are feeling unwell. If you have a non-urgent appointment in one of our Outpatients Clinics and become unwell, please call the appropriate clinic/department and reschedule your appointment.  

 

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