Most recent updates for Learners/Students

GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Omicron

January 20, 2022 COVID Update

Inside this week’s Update: Break room reminders; PPE guidelines for staff, including extended use; PCR testing prioritization; COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers; current outbreaks at GRH; local and provincial updates and more.

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Labs & Testing Omicron

Effective Thursday, January 20: PCR Self-Swab Testing Discontinued

With restricted PCR testing eligibility, the COVID Assessment Centre is experiencing lower volumes with unfilled appointments daily. In order to maximize efficiency of the staff working at the Assessment Centre, PCR self-swab testing will end…

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey PPE & Supplies

Directive 5 and changes to the interim PPE recommendations based on increasing prevalence of Omicron variant

On December 15, 2021 Public Health Ontario released the Interim IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Omicron

Omicron Information and Resources

All information pertaining to Omicron will be compiled here and updated accordingly.

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PPE & Supplies

Point of Care Risk Assessment (PCRA)

GRH has prepared guidance to health care works for completing a point of care risk assessment.

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GRH Facilities & Operations PPE & Supplies

Policy – Universal Masking Policy for Patients and Visitors

Developed by: Infection Prevention & Control / Occupational Health and Safety Approved by: Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services PurposeThe purpose of this policy is to provide clear guidance on the application of medical mask…

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Omicron

January 20, 2022 COVID Update

Inside this week’s Update: Break room reminders; PPE guidelines for staff, including extended use; PCR testing prioritization; COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers; current outbreaks at GRH; local and provincial updates and more.

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Labs & Testing Omicron

Effective Thursday, January 20: PCR Self-Swab Testing Discontinued

With restricted PCR testing eligibility, the COVID Assessment Centre is experiencing lower volumes with unfilled appointments daily. In order to maximize efficiency of the staff working at the Assessment Centre, PCR self-swab testing will end…

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COVID-19 Vaccine

January 21: Onsite third dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic at KW Campus

In order to ensure team members receive a third dose booster as soon as possible, there will be an onsite COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the KW Campus on January 21, 2022 from 7:30am-3:30pm in room…

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GRH declares new COVID-19 outbreak on 8ABC, COVID outbreaks continue on 6N, 6S, 1F, CTU/5S, 5N

In consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, we have declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on 8ABC, part of the medicine program. Currently five patients have tested positive. However, testing is not yet complete; these…

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GRH declares new COVID-19 outbreak on CTU/5S and 5N

We – in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health – have declared an outbreak of COVID-19 in CTU/5S and 5N, part of our stroke and medicine programs. Currently, four patients from CTU/5S have tested…

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COVID Signs/Symptoms

NEW Launch of online staff COVID reporting form

The OHS and IT teams have developed an online form for staff to report their COVID-19 information. After filling out the online form, staff members will receive direction regarding the most appropriate next steps, tailored…

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COVID Signs/Symptoms

Changes to PCR testing prioritization for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has updated its criteria regarding who is eligible to receive PCR testing.

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PPE & Supplies

Updated PPE guidance for care partners

Effective immediately, care partners will be permitted to wear their own mask (N95 or other), provided they wear a hospital issued mask on top.

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Omicron

Omicron Staff Update: January 14, 2022

On Friday, January 14, we hosted a special staff session to discuss the evolving situation with Omicron, the hospital’s response and what this changing information might mean for GRH team members.

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GRH COVID-19 Update & Journey Omicron

January 13, 2022 COVID Update

Inside this week’s Update: Level 1 versus level 3 masks at staff entrances; PPE guidelines for staff, including extended use; learn more about Bill 284; PCR self-swab information; COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers; current…

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PPE & Supplies

New: Extended PPE use guidelines for staff

New PPE guidance for staff – updated January 12, 2022

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