Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We are well-prepared across our health network, following guidance from the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Toronto Public Health. We are also working with the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, and other hospitals to ensure the strongest and safest response to any potential cases of COVID-19 at SHN.

At SHN, you’re in good hands – at each of our hospitals (Birchmount, Centenary, and General) and community satellite sites. Our doctors and clinical teams have the medical expertise to treat you safely and compassionately, no matter what brings you in to see us.

Self-Assessment for COVID-19

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, please use the Government of Ontario’s self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.

Changes to SHN services and activities

Find out about the latest updates on certain non-clinical services and activities. All changes/cancellations/closures are effective immediately and will be in place until further notice.

Visitor Policy

At SHN, we value the important role that families and visitors play in supporting patients. We are also committed to the safety of patients, families, and our health care teams.

Effective March 20, our visitor policy has changed.

For everyone’s protection NO VISITORS will be allowed except for the following:

parter or support person with pregnant woman WOMEN IN LABOUR
+1 Partner/Support Person


parent or support person with child PAEDIATRIC/NICU PATIENTS
+1 Parent/Support Person

Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Screening at entrances

We are doing screening for everyone entering our hospitals.

Specific entrances are designated for patients and staff.
We will be screening for symptoms and asking about travel history.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, a COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open at our Birchmount and Centenary hospitals.

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Health iconHelp give SHN physicians and staff the tools they need to fight COVID-19. 

We are seeking support to purchase medical equipment such as ventilators, ECG and vital signs monitors, ICU beds, IV pumps, hemodialysis machines, and hyperthermia units.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 for patients, families, visitors and the community.


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

Keeping your hands clean:

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