Important COVID-19 Information

Updated Feb 17 2021

LWHA has created a visiting guideline following the Ministry’s colour based COVID-19 framework. 
While in Orange, general visiting will not be permitted. Patients admitted to any of our inpatient units may be permitted if deemed necessary 1 Essential Caregiver per day between the hours of 12-8pm. With a maximum of 2 Essential Caregivers per patient stay in hospital. Pediatric patients under the age of 10 will be permitted 1 essential caregiver regardless of isolation precautions. An Essential Caregiver is more than a casual visitor and is deemed necessary for the well-being of a patient. Essential caregivers will be determined in collaboration with the patient’s care team and the LWHA COVID Supervisor. Any patient in isolation with pending or positive COVID-19 results WILL NOT be permitted visitors/essential caregivers.
The Essential Caregiver role may include:

  • Support for a patient’s physical care, mental and emotional well-being that cannot be supported virtually or by the hospital care team
  • Assistance with meals, mobility or personal care that cannot be provided by the hospital care team
  • Communication assistance with hearing, visual, speech, cognitive, intellectual or memory impairment that cannot be provided by the hospital care team
  • Assistance for persons with disabilities that cannot be provided by the hospital care team

It is mandatory that Essential Caregivers wear a mask at all times while in the hospital and keep in mind physical distancing guidelines.

To discuss becoming an essential caregiver contact the COVID Supervisor at 519-357-3210 or 519-291-3120 Ext 5117.

The following Outpatient populations will be allowed 1 essential caregiver:

  • Pediatric patients
  • Obstetrical patients (including obstetrical ultrasounds)
  • Emergency/Outpatients who require support
  • Oncology patients for their first visit

Active Public Screening is still taking place prior to entering the hospital. Upon entry you will be required to put on a mask. Also, you must use hand sanitizer upon arrival and exit.

The COVID-19 Testing Centre in Listowel has been relocated to the Outpatient Building across the street from the hospital at 285 Sarah Ave N. 

Please call (519) 292-2133 between 10am – 2pm, Monday – Friday to book an appointment, or use our Online Booking App

We will not provide tests to walk-in’s. An appointment must be booked in advance. 


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
  • New or Worsening Cough
  • Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
  • Other Symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, new olfactory or taste disorder(s), nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Symptoms Updated: August 6th, 2020



Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. 
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How can I protect myself?

Handwashing is your best defense against a range of illnesses, including COVID-19. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water 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:

  • Avoid Contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others
  • Practice physical distancing at all times
  • Practice proper cough and  sneeze etiquette by coughing/sneezing into a tissue, or into your sleeve or arm (and immediately washing your hands afterwards)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • 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.



If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 please contact Huron Perth Health Unit at 1-888-221-2133. Community based testing can be arranged by calling to book an appointment. 

Click here to find other available Testing Sites. 


Visit any of the following websites for up-to-date Information on COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Huron Perth Public Health

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