PSFDH Statement re: COVID19 (Coronavirus)
March 10th, 2020
New information is constantly updated on the following websites, including a daily situation report for Ontario:
Public Health Ontario:
Affected areas and case definition:
Please help prevent the spread of misinformation by staying up to date with credible sources. The important factors are symptoms and travel history. Ethnicity does not make a person high risk.
Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
If you or someone you are in close contact with have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days AND you are experiencing respiratory symptoms including cough, congestion, fever, or runny nose, there are a few steps to consider before coming to hospital (Note: In the hospital, you will be asked about the last 21 days of travel instead of 14 days. This is because we are still screening for other possible illnesses):
- Monitor your symptoms – if you feel well enough, we recommend you stay at home, drink fluids, rest and continue monitoring your symptoms. Most respiratory viral symptoms are mild enough to treat at home.
- Self-Isolate – to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, we recommend limiting your exposure to others. Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill. Extra care should be taken around babies the elderly and those with low immune systems. Self-isolation instructions can be found here.
- Seek NON URGENT medical assistance – if you need to see a health care provider but are not sick enough to come to hospital, consider 3 options:
- Call your Primary Care Provider (Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner) and discuss your symptoms and recent travel history or exposure with them. If testing is necessary by your Primary Care Provider.
- Call your local public health unit for guidance. For Perth and Smiths Falls, the public health unit is Leeds, Lanark and Grenville Health Unit; the telephone number is (613) 283-2740.
- Call Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. (Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000/ Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007)
- If you are coming to the emergency room, have any of the above symptoms in red and suspect that you have traveled to areas known to have COVID19, please call the hospital ahead to notify us, if possible:
- Perth/GWM Site: 613-267-1500 Smiths Falls Site: 613-283-2330
You will be asked to clean your hands and will be given a mask by the registration clerk or volunteer.
- In case of an emergency – dial 911 and inform the operator of your recent travel history and concern about the COVID19.
Visitors to Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
We ask that you please do not visit if you are feeling unwell (this includes fever, cough, flu like symptoms, vomiting or diarrhea).
Preventing the spread of respiratory viruses (This includes COVID19, Influenza.)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and cover your cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and clean your hands when entering or leaving the hospital or any clinical areas.
The health and safety of our patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, and students remains our highest priority.