Winchester COVID-19 Assessment Centre provides support and reassurance

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WINCHESTER — The COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Winchester has assessed about 120 patients. Of those, more than two-thirds have been swabbed for COVID-19. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms and wants to be assessed should first complete the online self-assessment and follow the recommendations before coming to the Centre. 

The Assessment Centre is in the Lions Club hall at 515 Albert Street and is open Monday to Friday, from 12 to 6 p.m. 

Last week, the Ministry of Health announced that COVID-19 testing will increase and provided a new list of possible symptoms including fever, pneumonia, “any new or worsening symptom” such as cough or shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, or nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorders, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. 

Not everyone who comes to the Assessment Centre is tested, but for those that are, results can now be accessed through the Ministry portal at https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree within two or three days. 

While anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can come to the Assessment Centre, it is strongly encouraged that the following people be assessed at the Centre: 

  • Essential workers (person working directly with the public) 
  • Healthcare workers or a household member of a healthcare worker 
  • Pregnant individuals who are in their third trimester 
  • Returning travellers to Canada 
  • Close contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 (live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with) 

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital emergency department. 

Below, video of the inside of the Winchester COVID-19 assessment centre a couple of hours before it opened April 1.

One of the first people that patients will meet is Corinne Wicks. Corinne is one of eight WDMH staff members and physicians working at the Centre each day. As the Flow Coordinator, Corinne greets each patient at the door and guides them as they move through the process from initial assessment to registration to potential testing. She ensures proper social distancing and keeps everything flowing smoothly. 

Corinne has worked at WDMH for 27 years, mostly as a technician, responsible for reprocessing and sterilizing equipment and surgical instruments. She says she was happy to volunteer to help on the front lines of the pandemic. “I think we were all a little nervous, but this is what we signed up for,” says Corinne. “We have a great team here and it’s nice we can provide some reassurance to those who are worried or ill.” 

The Centre is being operated by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) staff and physicians, in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. 

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website at www.eohu.ca. For the latest updates from WDMH, please visit www.wdmh.on.ca/coronavirus.

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