Coronavirus: Guelph General Hospital restricting visitors, cancelling elective surgeries

Guelph General Hospital says it is restricting visitors and cancelling elective surgeries in an attempt to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The safety of staff and patients is paramount,” hospital president and CEO Marianne Walker said in a statement on Monday.

The hospital said many tests, procedures and surgeries have been cancelled for at least two weeks, and those affected will be contacted directly by the hospital.

Visitors are being restricted to one at a time per patient and public access to the hospital will only be through its main entrance behind the hospital except for those who require treatment in the emergency department.

The hospital’s Delhi Street entrance has been closed for the foreseeable future.

New visiting hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all visitors and non-emergency patients will be screened before entering.

“This simply means that when you come to the hospital, staff will ask you why you are here, your travel history and your health,” Walker said.

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