COVID-19

Assessment Centre Booking Guidelines

 

November 27, 2020

 

THE ASSESSMENT CENTRE HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

  • Tuesday -  8am - 8pm (Little Current)
  • Wednesday -  9am - 12:30pm (Mindemoya)
  • Thursday -  8am - 8pm (Mindemoya)

 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 

Paramedicine COVID community response team can provide home swabbing by referral, all bookings are completed through MHC.

 

Manitoulin Health Centre Assessment Centres  

Call 705-368-2300 (Little Current) and 705-377-5311 (Mindemoya) to book your appointment.  

 

Testing for COVID-19 is based on a clinical assessment of each person. The priority as a health system is for testing to inform clinical and public health management.

 

TESTING IS AVAILABLE FOR:

  • All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.
  • People who are asymptomatic and are contacts of a confirmed case.
  • Asymptomatic workers and residents at specific outbreak sites may be considered for testing at the direction of Public Health.
  • Asymptomatic individuals from certain high-risk populations may be considered for testing. This includes workers and residents of high-risk settings such as long-term care homes, visitors of long-term care homes, workers and residents of homeless shelters and other congregate settings.

   

Symptomatic

Individuals with at least one symptom can be tested at the assessment centre.

 

COMMON SYMPTOMS

 

  • Fever - 37.8 C or greater
  • Cough - that is new or worsening (continuous, more than usual if chronic cough) not related to other known causes or conditions
  • Shortness of breath - dyspnea, out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, wheeze, that is worse than usual if chronically short of breath

 

Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

 

  • Sore throat - painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing
  • Rhinorrhea (runny nose) - not related to other known causes or conditions 
  • Nasal congestion - not related to other conditions (ie seasonal allergies)
  • New olfactory or taste disorder - (decrease or loss of smell or taste) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., nasal polyps, allergies, neurological disorders) 
  • Nausea and/or vomiting -  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, chronic vestibular dysfunction) 
  • Diarrhea - Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, side effect of medication) 
  • Abdominal pain that is persistent or ongoing - Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., menstrual cramps, gastroesophageal reflux disease) 

 

Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in infants and children, older persons, and people living with a developmental disability.

 

Atypical symptoms can include: 

 

  • Chills 
  • Headache that is new and persistent, unusual, unexplained, or long-lasting - Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., tension-type headaches, chronic migraines) 
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., blepharitis, recurrent styes) 
  • Fatigue, lethargy, or malaise (general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness) that is unusual or unexplained - Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, anemia, malignancy)
  • Myalgias (muscle aches and pain) that are unexplained, unusual, or long-lasting and not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia) 
  • Decreased or lack of appetite - For young children and not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., anxiety, constipation)

 

Asymptomatic Testing

 

  • Testing prior to a scheduled surgery

  • Admission to hospital -  if from another hospital, LTC home, retirement home, or other congregate living setting/institution. Also includes transfers between facilities even within the same multi-site organization.

  • The public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies the person that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus. 

  • They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by the local public health unit. 

  • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care, including:
      • Residents or workers in long-term care homes 
      • Visitors to a long-term care home 
      • Residents or workers in homeless shelters 
      • Indigenous communities 
      • Other setting-specific populations, as outlined in CMOH guidance (e.g., asymptomatic cancer patients)
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Self-screening

 

For individuals, visit

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment

 

For students, visit

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening

 

The MHC Team thanks you for your understanding.

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Image of Social Distancing and Self-Isolation Poster