QCH and COVID-19

For information about units on outbreak at QCH, please visit our Monitoring Outbreaks page. 

For the latest information on the virus, please visit Ottawa Public Health: COVID-19


Masking at QCH

  • Staff, volunteers, patients, and families are required to wear a mask at all times in the Emergency Department (ED). This includes ED waiting rooms and clinical areas.
  • Masks are recommended but not required in clinical and public areas outside of the Emergency Department, unless otherwise stated.
  • Masks will continue to be available throughout the hospital for all who need or want them. If you would like your care provider to wear a mask in other areas of the hospital, please let them know. We will support those who choose to wear a mask because they feel vulnerable or to keep their loved ones safe. Liberal use of masks is part of our new normal.
  • As a reminder, we ask visitors to stay home if they experience symptoms, except if they need to receive care.

Our Infection Prevention and Control team is in close contact with Ottawa Public Health and other agencies to help guide decision-making and receive updates on the virus. For more information about masking, please click here.


What if you think you may have COVID-19?

If you suspect you have the virus or have been in close contact with someone who does, Ontario Health has a self-assessment tool that will help you figure out your next steps.


Please consult the Ottawa Public Health website for the most recent information on COVID-19, including a full list of symptoms and testing information.


Visiting QCH

To protect everyone's health, visitor restrictions are in place at QCH. More information can be found on our Visitor Restrictions page.