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COVID-19 TESTING AND INFORMATION
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LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

LOCAL TESTING INFORMATION

COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Symptoms, Testing & Isolation Requirements

SYMPTOMS and TESTING:

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should assume that you may have the virus and are contagious.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, decreased or loss of taste or smell, or two or more of the following:
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches or joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea

COVID-19 FACT SHEET Symptoms, Testing and Isolation Requirements – PDF

COVID-19 Clinical Assessments and Testing

Getting Tested

In response to highly transmissible variants, Ontario has updated its testing guidelines to ensure those at higher risk of severe illness or living and working in the highest risk settings have access to timely testing, protecting the most vulnerable and helping to keep critical services running.

There are two main publicly-funded tests available in Ontario to those who are eligible: rapid antigen tests and molecular tests, which include both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid molecular testing.

Antiviral treatments are now available for people with symptoms and a positive test result (PCR or rapid antigen test) who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19. These treatments must be taken immediately within the first five to seven days (depending on the treatment) of symptom onset.

Find out more about antiviral treatment options or talk to your health care provider.

COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance

Learn more: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-clinical-assessments-and-testing

 

COVID-19 Patient Resources

New patient resources at ConfusedAboutCOVID.ca

The Department of Community and Family Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) have created a new series of patient resources that teams can use to help patients make sense of the latest guidance around COVID/Omicron.

 

The resources include plain-language questions and answers about COVID management, testing, isolation and more. They offer patients and the public trustworthy advice about protecting their health and how primary care providers can help. Find out more at ConfusedAboutCovid.ca or to access them individually here:

 

COVID-19, Cold and Flu Care Clinic

The SGB OHT wants to thank all community members, physicians and nurse practitioners for coming together to operate the South Georgian Bay COVID-19, Cold and Flue Care Clinic. Through this clinic, we were able to support many patients in the community and keep them out of the emergency room. As we continue to recover from COVID-19 in the community, the demand for this clinic has diminished and therefore we will be pausing operations. However, we are prepared and ready to begin to offer this service in the future.

If you have concerns about your health, please contact your primary care provider or visit the After Hours Clinic by booking here

COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment

Antiviral treatments are now available for free by prescription to people with COVID-19 who are at higher risk of progressing to severe disease requiring hospitalization.

Learn about COVID-19 antiviral treatments, who is eligible and how to get treatment.

Not sure if you need a test?

Screening Tools

If you have questions about whether you or your child should visit or attend school or get a COVID-19 Assessment please use the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) tool:

Click here for COVID-19 school and child care screening

Click here for COVID-19 General Screening and Self- Assessment 

Assessment Centre and Booking Information

If you meet the criteria for a test, click HERE to book your appointment online for your COVID-19 assessment in South Georgian Bay through Canadian Health Labs.

  • If you are unable to book an appointment using the link above, you can call 905-218-3572 and leave a voicemail. You will be contacted by Canada Health Labs  within one business day to book an appointment.
  • You can access your results by going to the Ontario Government portal by clicking here. If you do not have a health card, you will be contacted directly by Canada Health Labs with your result.

Assessment Centre Locations:

  • The Collingwood COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located in the parking of the Collingwood Legion at 490 Ontario Street
  • Ontario assessment centres will NOT be testing asymptomatic individuals who have not had contact with COVID-19 cases, or outbreaks, and are not in high-risk workplaces. For most up-to-date guidelines go to the covid-19.ontario.ca

Collingwood Assessment Centre

(Please enter from the FRONT of the Legion off Ontario Street and follow the lane way on the right side of the building).

COVID-19 Testing for Travel
  • CLICK HERE to find a location that tests for travel
  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health has announced COVID-19 testing for outbound international travelers will no longer be funded by the province. Area residents will no longer be able to book a test at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach if the reason for the test is travel.
COVID-19 Information

Click HERE to read the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet

We all must do our part to follow the public health guidelines and practice:

PRACTICING THE 3 W’S
Wear a mask
Watch your distance
Wash your hands

AND AVOID THE 3 C’S
Closed spaces, especially with poor ventilation
Crowded places
Close contact settings

Close Contact, Gatherings and Events (Public Health Guidelines)

  • Limit close contact to your household only (the people you live with).
  • Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else.
  • Do not visit any other household or allow visitors to your home.
  • Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
    Everyone should avoid social gatherings.
  • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household.
  • Trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons (work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals, or exercise and physical activity).
  • Wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained, or if wearing one is required.

Travelling

  • Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • Individuals and families in higher transmission areas should avoid travel to lower transmission areas (i.e. from Red to Orange, from Yellow to Green) except for essential reasons.
  • Individuals living away from home, including those studying at colleges and universities, should consider doing a self-quarantine, or drastically reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before returning home for the holidays. This will help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

General Advice

  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Download the COVID Alert mobile app.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by the health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app.

COVID testing for travel

  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has announced COVID-19 testing for outbound international travellers will no longer be funded by the province. Area residents will no longer be able to book a test at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach if the reason for the test is travel.
  • The province recommends travellers consult the guidelines of their airline and country of destination and if a test is required, seek the test through a private testing facility or travel clinic. Participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Lifelabs locations are available online or ww.lifelabs.com/flyclear/

Dr. Gandhi, past president of the OMA, on the current COVID-19 landscape

On behalf of the South Georgian Bay OHT healthcare workers, we are asking our community to come together to take the necessary precautions to protect our community and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to Public Health’s safety measures. We know this is a difficult time for many people, but we need more than ever to stay local, avoid all non-essential travel and only see people in our household. This is a critical component of reducing COVID-19 transmission in our community.
Dr. Harry O’Halloran

Lead Physician, Georgian Bay Family Health Organization

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