Coronavirus Information and Update
As has been widely reported, a new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan, China 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to much more serious diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), or Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The new strain of coronavirus is called Novel Coronavirus-Wuhan (nCov).
While the risk to Canadians remains low at this point, Geraldton District Hospital is following guidance from the Ministry of Health and taking precautions. We are proactively screening patients.
What should you expect? On arrival to the hospital, patients will be asked:
- About their symptoms, particularly respiratory symptoms.
- Whether they have traveled to the province of Hubei, China.
- If they have come in contact with someone who has or is suspected of having coronavirus.
If they are at risk of having the virus, they will be taken to a special isolation room until a diagnosis can be confirmed.
We are well equipped to ensure patient and staff safety in the unlikely event that corona virus diagnosis is made at Geraldton District Hospital.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm not your hands.
- If possible, stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care if you are sick.
- It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already.
More information on the coronavirus can be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada