COVID-19 GGH Update May 4

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Starting with the positive

“I am sending a few pictures of my special needs son, Ranju who works at JOE (jobs.opportunities. Enterprise). Presently, all three JOE locations are closed due to COVID-19. Earlier this week he and I decided to set up his own café at home selling light lunches and treats to his family. Ranju is really enjoying this and has decided to donate the proceeds to the Guelph General Hospital to be used for the COVID-19 frontline workers in some way.”

Reporting on COVID-19 activity in staff and patients

Total number of staff tested to date241
Total number of staff with a negative test result to date206
Current number of staff with a positive test 5
Number of staff results pending6
Number of staff who tested positive and are now recovered24
Total number of staff with a positive test result to date29
Number of current in-patients who have tested positive6

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Action/Must read

What’s new?

Virtual Visiting starts today
At Guelph General Hospital we know how important it is for our patients to be able to connect with their families and friends. However with COVID-19 spreading in the community, to keep patients and staff safe, the Hospital now has a no-visitor policy except under special circumstances. Still, the need for patients to connect remains and now there’s a way to visit virtually.

Thanks to a generous donation of 20 tablets from Fusion Homes, in partnership with CI Technologies, we have created the Virtual Visit Program at the Hospital. Information for families has been added to our web site. The patient areas of the hospital have received tablets for this program along with specific information.

We are excited to launch the Virtual Visit Program today!

More symptoms added to the indicator list of possible COVID-19 infection
On May 2, the province updated its reference document for symptoms of COVID-19. The new symptoms include, conjunctivitis, runny nose/sneezing/nasal congestion in absence of underlying reason such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip etc.

Changes to patient placement process
On Friday, the IPAC team met with Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Murdoch to review two issues:

  • Where to place asymptomatic patients being tested for LTCH/RH requirements for repatriation?
  • Where to place symptomatic patients while waiting COVID-19 results?

Their recommended process changes are here.

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Resources and Supplies

Staff Support

COVID-19 Staff Feedback survey wraps up Friday
A big “THANK YOU!” goes out to the 314(!) staff who have filled out the survey so far! We want to hear from as many staff as possible about how well we are doing with supporting you through the COVID-19 pandemic. The last day to complete the survey is Friday, May 8 so results can be analyzed to see where there may be opportunities to improve.

Please share your thoughts, comments and ideas with us. The survey is anonymous and short so we hope you will respond. Click here to complete the survey today! If you have any questions about the survey, please email

Next Homewood Wellness Webinar this week
COVID-19 – Calming Your Mind in Challenging Times, is Wednesday night at 7 p.m. For all the details and how to register, click here. Please note, unfortunately due to copyright, these webinars cannot be recorded.

Policy Changes

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