COVID-19 Information

SHN is committed to providing safe and exceptional care, and supporting our community throughout the pandemic.

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General Information

Coming to SHN

Across our health network, we are finding new ways to support our community at this time. We are also updating our policies, practices, and services as needed. These temporary measures help protect the safety of patients, family members, and staff.

Caring for Scarborough

From testing, to vaccinations and treatment, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is here to provide COVID-19 services, right in your community at Scarborough.

Screening at Entrances

Everyone entering the hospital will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19, clean hands and put on a medical mask. The mask must be worn at all times while at the hospital.

  • We will have self-screening poster stands at the entrances with key health questions. Patients, visitors and vendors who enter the hospital are confirming that they have passed their self-screening.
  • Hospital-approved medical masks will also be provided at the entrance that patients, visitors and vendors will be required to wear at all times while at the hospital.
  • While we strongly encourage everyone to protect themselves and the community by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, it will no longer be necessary to show vaccination status in order to enter our hospitals.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support. You are helping to keep our patients, health care workers, and community safe!

COVID-19 by the Numbers

COVID-19 Cases at SHN

Admitted patients with confirmed COVID-19 as of August 9 at 8 a.m.

Birchmount Hospital

20

Centenary Hospital

8

General Hospital

21

COVID-19 Outbreaks at SHN

(Updated August 8) Toronto Public Health, with SHN’s Infection Prevention and Control team, have determined that SHN is meeting the outbreak definition of two healthcare-associated cases of COVID-19 within 14 days. There is an outbreak on 1 unit: 3D at our Birchmount Hospital. Enhanced infection prevention and control measures are in place and we continue to monitor the situation closely. Our hospitals are safe places. We thank our health care teams for their dedication to exceptional, compassionate care, within these units and across our health network.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada are a safe and effective tool for protecting you and your families from COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

Getting Your Vaccination

We encourage Scarborough residents to get vaccinated to ensure the health and safety of our
community. SHN and several health and community partners have come together to provide Scarborough COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.

Get details on our community vaccine clinics, booking your appointment, pop-up clinics, and who we are currently vaccinating.

VaxFacts

Our VaxFacts Clinic team can connect you with qualified doctors who area ready to talk, listen and help you get the facts. Book a one-to-one phone conversation with one of our doctors so that you can make an informed decision.

SHN’s Required COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

To ensure we have the safest possible environment at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) to work and
deliver care to our community, SHN’s updated COVID-19 Vaccination Policy was launched on September 7, 2021. A key component of the policy and program requires all of our staff, medical staff, volunteers, and students/learners – including those who work from home – to be fully vaccinated (two doses, including 14 days since their second dose), with the exception of those who have an approved medical exemption. This policy is aligned with the Ministry of Health’s Directive #6.

As one of the hardest hit communities during this pandemic, and because of the proven effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, it is vital that SHN team members are protected by being fully vaccinated, and that we do our very best to protect our vulnerable patients who depend on us to provide a safe environment.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada are a safe and effective tool for protecting you and your families from COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

Helpful Links

Learn More

Get more information about the COVID-19 virus and pandemic, including answers to key questions you may have.

More information:

A Government of Canada information line (in English and French) is also open every day from 7 a.m. to midnight: 1-833-784-4397

Toronto Public Health Fact Sheets:

Keeping your hands clean:

Did you know that washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitizer kills coronaviruses? Find out how!

Other Resources

Telehealth Ontario
1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health
416-338-7600

You can use the Government of Ontario’s self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.

Self-Assessment Tool

If you have taken a COVID-19 test, you can access and view your test results from the Ministry of Health online through a new user-friendly tool. This is maintained by Ontario Health on behalf of the Ministry.

Access your results