Mild symptoms? Stay home, don’t go to the testing centre!
Severe symptoms? Call 911 or go to hospital emergency dept., not the testing centre!
EASTERN ONTARIO — The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) will open its first COVID-19 testing and assessment centres this Monday, March 23, for individuals with “worsening” symptoms only.
Established in partnership with the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, the 750 Laurier Street site will be open Monday through Friday each week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the first such centre to go into operation in the EOHU region, out of five or six planned in the vicinity of local hospitals in the five eastern counties. The other sites are expected to open “soon,” including one serving Winchester District Memorial Hospital, which has made arrangements for its COVID-19 centre at the village Lions Hall.
“The aim of the testing/assessment centre is to increase access to COVID-19 testing and medical assessments for EOHU area residents, while reducing the strain on 911, EMS and hospital emergency rooms so that they can focus on urgent care,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “It will also reduce the risk of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices, helping us to protect healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19 infection.”
“Only people who have worsening, but not severe, COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening cough) should go to the centre for testing and/or assessment,” the local agency stresses in a new release. Not everyone may be tested, with “the decision to test will be based on symptoms, travel history, and contact history,” it adds.
Residents with mild symptoms that can be managed at home “should not show up at the centre as they will not be tested or assessed,” says the EOHU. Those aged 70 or over, or who have chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems, should call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120.
Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room.
For additional details, visit www.eohu.ca/coronavirus.
“HGH is grateful for this partnership with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. This COVID-19 Assessment Centre will help protect our patients, their families, our employees and our physicians,” states Dr. Julie Maranda, Chief of Staff at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. “The hope is we can stay ahead of the game and prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible.”