Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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COLetter to the Community fo March 18VID-19 Multilingual Information

Personal Protective Equipment Needed

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New Visiting Protocols

Lakeridge Health is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and the community. Visiting is now restricted and allowed only for our most vulnerable patients and only in extenuating circumstances. Please speak to the health care team if you have questions about visiting your loved one. This change is difficult for patients and for families, and we appreciate how hard it can be to not see your loved ones. Lakeridge Health is supporting and encouraging virtual and telephone calls as visiting and socialization is an important part of healing. Additionally, Lakeridge provides a free service, Email a Patient, where you can send a personalized electronic message that will be printed and read to your loved one.

Screening when Entering

For those able to visit within the visitor protocols, we are screening at all entrances of Lakeridge Health hospitals to ensure everyone entering is well and free of illness.  This includes all of the Lakeridge Health team.  Anyone who is unwell will not be allowed to enter the hospital as ultimately this protects everyone.

Changes to Surgery Schedules

To ensure we can meet the needs of the most acute patients, we will proceeding only with emergency and other priority surgeries. This will allow us access to inpatient beds and critical health care providers as the outbreak evolves. We will reschedule non-urgent surgeries as soon as we are able.

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Information on COVID-19

This section provides key updates about this evolving virus, how people can protect themselves and Lakeridge Health’s activities to prepare. 

What are coronaviruses and COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, ranging from the common cold to severe diseases. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new coronavirus identified in China in late December. 

How do I protect myself?
Similar to flu prevention, you can protect yourself by washing your hands, avoiding people who are sick, staying home when you are ill and covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.

Who is at risk of COVID-19?
You may be of risk if you have recently travelled to an infected area (see current Hot Zones).

What do I do if I am at risk of COVID-19?
If you feel ill after travelling to or being near someone who has travelled to an at-risk area, contact Durham Region Health Department or a physician or other health care provider and tell them your travel history and symptoms.

Most people with COVID-19 will recover on their own and are advised to drink plenty of fluids, get rest and sleep and try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough.

How is Lakeridge Health preparing for novel coronavirus?
In response to the emerging respiratory infections and seasonal influenza, Lakeridge Health has robust screening and infection prevention and control procedures at all emergency departments. For more information about our preparations, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

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