UPDATE: Visitor restrictions implemented at Central Health facilities

Updated: Oct 3

October 1, 2021


Central Health wishes to advise that visitor restrictions have been implemented at all Central Health facilities. Visitor restrictions will differ at outbreak (Alert Level 3) and non-outbreak sites as of today, October 1, 2021.

These measures are being implemented because the common cold/influenza-like illness transmits as easily as COVID-19, and we want to ensure the health and safety of our patients, residents and staff .We understand this may be a difficult time for patients and their families, so Central Heath will continue to monitor the situation and keep patients and their families updated accordingly.

Sites where an outbreak is present or in an Alert Level 3 area

Visitor Restrictions of one essential visitor per patient/resident will be in place at:

  • Notre Dame Bay Memorial Health Centre, Twillingate

  • Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre, Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre, Baie Verte

  • James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre, Gander

  • Lakeside Homes, Gander

  • Lewisporte Health Centre/North Haven Manor, Lewisporte

An essential visitor is essential to the client needs. For example, a patient who has specific challenges resulting in compromised comprehension, decision-making or mobility due to disability or onset of a medical condition will require an essential visitor/support person when attending outpatient/ambulatory clinic appointments or presenting at the emergency department. For pediatric patients – both parents/guardians may be designated as essential visitors. Once identified, the essential visitor should remain constant.

All other sites

Visitor Restrictions of one designated visitor per patient/resident will be in place at all other sites. A support person/designated visitor can be a loved one, friend, paid caregiver, or other person of the patient/resident’s choosing. Once identified, the support person/designated visitor should remain constant for the duration of the visiting restrictions at health care facilities and residential care homes.

Visitor screening is still in place. Please call your loved one's facility to confirm times for visitation.


Palliative care visitations will be determined in collaboration with families and the care team.

Emergency department services and scheduled outpatient appointments are not affected.

Individuals requiring information about their loved ones should phone the appropriate nursing unit.

Central Health would like to thank the public for their understanding and co-operation at this time.

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Media contact: Gayle St. Croix Director, Communications and Government Relations gayle.stcroix@centralhealth.nl.ca



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