COVID-19 Resources for Clinicians
Updated COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance
This document is an update to the COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance, which incorporates the testing guidance implemented during the Omicron wave. This document replaces the testing content from v3.0 March 28th 2022 ‘COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge.’ This information is current as of April 6, 2022 and may be updated as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment
Information for health care providers
Clinical guidance on use and highest priority populations for Paxlovid and other treatments is available from the Science Advisory Table. The Science Advisory Table’s recommendations identify populations who would get the most benefit and can be used by health care providers, along with their clinical judgement, to make decisions on when to prescribe antivirals.
Additional resources are available from Ontario Health.
All patients who are at higher risk of severe outcomes based on clinical assessment, have tested positive and do not have conditions that prevent them from taking the medication are eligible for publicly funded antivirals based on clinician judgement.
Order PPE and Rapid Antigen Tests
In-Home Booster Doses
Call Health Connection 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
Due to COVID-19, their hours have been extended:
- Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
For more information visit: Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – Health Connection
COVID-19 Health System Response Materials
On this page is information on:
- Critical Care
- Health Services during COVID-19 Waves
- Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Provincial Antigen Screening Program
- Diagnostic (PCR) Testing
- Virtual Care
For news on the current status of COVID-19 in Ontario and health care guidelines, visit the Government of Ontario, the Public Health Ontario and the Government of Canada websites.
OMA COVID-19 Attestation Form Package
This package has forms patients can use instead of a doctor’s note when they or their children are ready to return to their normal activities. (An attestation is a promise that something is true.)
COVID-19 Home Monitoring Program (CHMP)
This program allows those infected with COVID-19 to remain safely in the comfort of their home. Patients in the program receive a pulse oximeter which measures oxygen levels, that can quickly become depleted because of the virus. They also receive education, and daily nurse-led virtual visits to assess oxygen levels, symptoms and overall health.
Referral to the Program
Users on the South Georgian Bay PS Suite EMR can refer patients into the program using the referral form on the PS Suite system called “GBFHT REFERRAL FORM COVID-19 Home Oxygen Monitoring“
Those not on the EMR can complete the form below and fax it to the GBFHT
Providers who are concerned about their patients with COVID-19 symptoms, and wish to refer them to the South Georgian Bay COVID Home Monitoring Program (CHMP), can visit the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team website to book their patient for an appointment at our COVID-19, Cold and Flu Care Clinic (CCFCC). During the assessment at the CCFCC, the physician or nurse practitioner at the clinic will determine the patient’s risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19 and whether to enroll them in the CHMP.