APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED at COVID-19 testing centre
West Parry Sound Health Centre, supported by members of the local medical community, is now operating a COVID-19 Assessment Centre located in the Parry Sound Mall. Appointments are necessary and access is only from the rear of the building.
The clinic’s purpose is to assess and, only where appropriate, test people who may be infected with COVID-19. Operation of the clinic will also reduce the number of patients visiting the Emergency Department at WPSHC.
Patient visits at the Assessment Centre are by appointment only. For safety reasons, ‘walk-in’ appointments are strictly prohibited. Not everyone who calls or attends the clinic will be tested.
Individuals meeting the criteria below may call the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 705-746-4540 extension 5030 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week.
When calling, the patient must give basic information and will be assessed based on the COVID-19 Assessment Centre’s guidelines established by Ontario Health.
Individuals with general questions should not call the Assessment Centre. Please contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, or the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, 1-800-563-2808, or visit online at www.myhealthunit.ca
Not all patients attending the Assessment Centre will be tested, such as patients who meet the criteria and have mild illness.
West Parry Sound Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is funded and approved by the Ministry of Health and is a result of proactive and collaborative planning with our partners at North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and Ontario Health North.
Please stay safe during the pandemic
At West Parry Sound Health Centre we are always prepared to meet the health care needs of everyone who relies on our care and service.
In addition to the usual limitations associated with COVID-19 preparedness and response, please know that as we prepare to enter our summer season, we are functioning under significant restrictions. Many of these restrictions are required by provincial authorities; other limitations are the result of scarcity of resources: people, supplies (including personal protective equipment,) treatment equipment, and space.
The health centre continues to provide care while working in a very fragile state. We see this continuing throughout the summer.
We are extremely thankful for the ongoing generosity of our seasonal property owners. Proportionally, and by value, they are the biggest donors supporting health care services in West Parry Sound.
We ask that our seasonal residents and all visitors come prepared and committed to ‘tread lightly’ on all of the public infrastructure services that we collectively rely on.
We also offer additional advice in the attachment below:
When to seek answers and treatment for COVID-19
COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE INFORMATION HAS BEEN POSTED TO OUR NEWS SECTION.
PLEASE PRACTICE AND PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING.
If you develop a fever, cough, and/or have difficulty breathing AND within 14 days have traveled to an impacted area, OR had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, OR close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area, call Telehealth Ontario, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, or your health care provider.
If you need immediate medical attention, such as severe difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
Who to call if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:
• Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 1-800-563-2808 - www.myhealthunit.ca
If you are told to visit the WPSHC Emergency Department, please call before arriving (705 746-9321) and tell our Emergency Department about your travel history and symptoms.
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by following simple hygiene practices such as: regular hand washing or using alcohol-based sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze, and staying home when sick.
There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses.
Most people with COVID-19 will recover on their own.
Should you show mild symptoms and have called the Health Unit or your health care provider you should then:
• Stay home.
• Self-isolate – limit your contact with other people.
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Get rest and sleep as much as possible.
For more information please visit www.health.gov.on.ca - additional information is also provided here:
Health centre and partners prepare outbreak response
The increasing number of cases across the country suggests that there will be more COVID-19 cases confirmed throughout Canada. As a result, local preparedness planning is important in order to minimize the impact on hospitals, to make sure that critical infrastructure continues to work and that day-to-day functions are able to be maintained.
Read more in this week's edition of News Centre.