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OSMH further easing Visitor Policy

Vaccination and Masking requirements remain in place

More hospital inpatients will be eligible to receive visitors under the latest revision to the Visiting Policy at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) effective today.

Under the previous rules put in place as part of COVID-19 precautions, short stay and low acuity patients were mostly ineligible to receive visitors unless their condition warranted.   Those patients are now able to receive visitors, although there are still protections in place limiting the number of visitors per patient and the length of time that they can be in hospital.   Visitors must still pre-register in advance and consideration is based on patient needs and approval by the care team.

It’s also important to note that visitors are still required to show proof of vaccination prior to entry and hospital-provided masks must be worn for the duration of their visit, even after the March 21st lifting of mask requirements across much of the Province.

OSMH continues to maintain compassionate exceptions to the Visiting Policy for childbirth, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and End of Life situations. In the Emergency Department and other outpatient care areas where space limitations make physical distancing difficult, visiting remains at the discretion of the care team.

Visiting restrictions are subject to change and will continue to be closely monitored in conjunction with provincial guidelines, community transmission and other considerations.  For more information, visit us online by clicking here, email, or call the Visitor Hotline at (705) 325-2201, Ext. 8097.