COVID-19 INFORMATION

UPDATE Dec 22, 2020:

Please note that we continue to take extra precautions for your safety.  With the upcoming lockdown, we will notify you of any major changes to appointments.  Please continue to check our instagram page for the most up to date information. 

If you have recently travelled outside of the Country, have been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
in the last 14 days OR 
with have ANY of the symptoms below, call the clinic at 705-741-1191 prior to your appointment - we may need to reschedule.  

Symptoms:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8 deg C/100.4 deg F or higher) or Chills

  • Cough that is new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)

  • Shortness of Breast (out of breath, unable to breath deeply)

  • Sore Throat 

  • Runny Nose

  • Nasal Congestion

  • Difficulty Swallowing

  • Unexplained Fatigue

  • Headache that is unusual or long lasting

  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea/Abdominal pain (not related to other known causes such as pregnancy)

  • Joint / Muscle Aches

  • Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Pink Eye

If you have mild symptoms, book an appointment at the COVID-19 drive-through testing site or call the PRHC COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 705-876-5086 for test information.

 

If you have symptoms and need to be seen urgently (bleeding, leaking fluid or are having contractions/severe pain), go to Labour and Delivery 705.876.5036.

COVID-19 FAQs

Am I at higher risk for COVID-19 because I am pregnant?


COVID-19 does not seem to be more dangerous in pregnant women than the general population and there have been no deaths in pregnant women. It is not thought to cause miscarriage or stillbirth but may have a higher risk of preterm birth. It does not seem to be passed to the baby before the baby is born but if you have a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection during labour or within the two (2) weeks prior to birth you should take precautions (hand-washing, wearing a mask, covering a cough/sneeze, disinfecting regularly touched objects) to avoid passing the infection to the baby.




Can I to bring a support person to PIPC or to L&D during COVID-19?


At this time, we are doing our best to enforce social distancing and ask that you come alone to your PIPC appointments. Your support person is more than welcome to call in by phone or facetime. You are allowed TWO support persons with you at L&D, however any visitors with COVID-19 symptoms risk factors SHOULD NOT visit the hospital or the baby until testing is done or self-isolation for 14 days is complete. It may take 48 hours for testing to be complete.




What are virtual appointments?


PIPC is keeping up to date on the changing COVID-19 situation and we are doing everything that we can to support your health.​ To help maintain social distancing we are conducting some prenatal appointments by phone or by video from your home. You may be offerred a virtual visit at some appointments. We understand there are limitations to virutal appointments. If you have not already done so, please take a look at the Consent for Virtual Appointments. Please note that phone calls from our physicians and staff working from home will come up as Private or Blocked. Please check your phone settings to make sure it is not set to "silence blocked callers"




Can I breastfeed if I have or had COVID-19?


Yes! Breastfeeding is still recommended. Breastfed babies in general are less likely to be sick from common infections. It is also imporant to continue practicing social isolating, frequent handwashing and to take care of yourself as well. If possible, you should wear a mask during breastfeeding if you are sick. COVID-19 Infant Feeding Resources: Breastfeeding Your Baby During COVID-19 (Dr. Kate Miller)
Bottlefeeding Your Baby During COVID-19 (Dr. Kate Miller)
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What should I expect at my appointments at PIPC during COVID-19?


We have implemented several changes in the clinic including expanding disinfection practices and offering virtual appointments.

  • We will do a screening call the day prior to your appointment and to inform you of any major changes to the clinic.
  • Please wash your hand as soon as you come in the clinic.
  • We will give you a cloth face mask for you to wear at your appointment. You are welcome to bring your own mask.
  • Please come alone to your appointment. This includes your postpartum visit. Your support person may call or facetime during your appointment if you would like them to.

As we continue to actively montior the spread of COVID-19, you may receive instructions in the weeks to come about different office hours, booking practices, or appointment intervals.




What should I bring to the hospital for labour during COVID-19?


  1. Food and snacks
    • You will receive food trays for 3 meals a day, however if you have any food preference feel free to bring your own snacks.
    • The cafeteria and Tim Hortons are open (pick up options only) but the preference is for you to pack your own food.
    • Your support person will not be recieving hospital provided meals. They are required to stay with you during your stay so we recommend they pack enough food/snacks for your stay (1-3days on average).
    • Feel free to bring a cooler. We have an ice machine if needed.
    • You will not have access to a microwave or fridge.
  2. Carseat (optional)
    • You can leave your car seat in the car until the time of discharge where your support person can go retrieve it for you.
    • If you do not need a car seat (ie. no vehicle) or do not want to bring it up you can be wheeled down to the main entrance with your baby on discharge.⁣⁣⁣
  3. Hospital Bag
    • Healthcard, phone, phone charger
    • Toiletries (soap shampoo, toothbrush, toiletries, hair elastics, maxi pads, diapers)
    • Clothes (slippers or sandals, robe and/or pyjamas if you want, one or two newborn outfits, ⁣something to wear home)
    • Other items to consider packing: Nursing bra (you can go braless or wear a flexible bra you can pull down), nursing pads, camera⁣ or pillow.⁣




How can I to keep safe during COVID-19?


Social distancing and hand washing are the most effective ways to keep safe during COVID-19. Handwashing Facts:

  • Soap dissolves the the fatty layer that coats the virus.
  • Antibacterial soap is not any better than regular soap
  • Soap-free cleaners won’t work (ie. don’t use your gentle facial cleanser to wash your hands).
  • Handwashing must be vigorous and last at least 20 seconds. Vigorously rub and then rinse under running water. The temperature of the water does not seem to matter. ⁣
  • Alcohol rubs work too just make sure they contain at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to rub it into all the crooks and crevices
  • Consider keeping your nails trimmed⁣




How do I protect my baby from COVID-19?


This is all new and changing quickly so we don’t know a lot about babies and coronavirus. In
general pregnant and postpartum women and young children don’t seem to be a higher risk of severe disease. Newborns might be different though and there is some evidence that they are more likely to get seriously sick. Think about it – this kid just learned to breathe a couple of days ago so something that hits the lungs is going to be hard. Their noses are tiny so if they get clogged it makes feeding really difficult. The smartest thing to do is protect your precious new family member as best you can - Dr. Kate Miller.
Protecting Your Baby From COVID-19





We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we live, work and play,

is that of the ​traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.

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We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we live, work and play,

is that of the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.