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COVID-19 TESTING AND INFORMATION
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LOCAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

LOCAL TESTING INFORMATION

COVID-19, Cold and Flu Care Clinic

Information and Booking

The South Georgian Bay COVID-19, Cold and Flu Care Clinic is available by appointment to support people who are experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19, Cold or Flu symptoms and would like to see or speak with a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. These services are available to those with and without a local doctor or nurse practitioner. This clinic does not provide COVID-19 swabs or vaccines or sick notes.

Who should visit to receive a clinical assessment?

You should book a clinical assessment if you know or suspect that you have COVID-19 and you:

• have been directed by your primary care provider or other health care professional; or

• are unable to safely monitor your symptoms at home; or

• are at higher risk of severe illness, including:

  • immunocompromised individuals aged 18 and over regardless of vaccine status
  • unvaccinated individuals aged 60 and over
  • unvaccinated First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 50 and over
  • unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over with one or more risk factors

You should bring a list of your medication and a list of any important medical conditions to your appointment for a clinical assessment.

If you have one or more of the following severe symptoms, you should immediately call 911 or go to the emergency department:

  • Severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
  • Severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
  • Feeling confused or unsure of where you are
  • Losing consciousness

The booking system opens one day in advance of your appointment. Once you have booked an appointment, please arrive at 186 Erie St, Collingwood and STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. At the time of your appointment, and while you wait in your vehicle, you will be phoned by our South Georgian Bay Clinical Assessment Team. During this call, the Nurse Practitioner or Physician will decide if you need to come into the clinic for a physical assessment or can return home with health teaching and advice.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday afternoons. To book use the button or QR Code below: 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

COVID-19 Attestation Form Package

This package has forms you can use instead of a doctor’s note when you or your children are ready to return to your normal activities. (An attestation is a promise that something is true.)

PDF – COVID Attestation Form

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 Test Eligibility - Updated December 30, 2021

You can get a test at at our South Georgian Bay locations if any of the following apply to you:

  • Effective December 31, 2021, PCR testing will only be recommended for individuals if they belong to the following groups:
    • Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:
      • Hospitalized patients
      • Patients in Emergency Departments, at the discretion of the treating clinician
      • Patient-facing health care workers
      • Staff, residents, essential care providers, and visitors in hospitals and congregate living settings, including long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions
      • Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered
      • Underhoused or homeless
    • People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
    • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
    • People on admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate living setting
    • High-risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, including hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, other congregate living settings and institutions, and other settings as directed by the local public health unit
    • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
    • Asymptomatic testing in hospital, long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings and Institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directives

Private  tests, such as those needed for outbound international travel, are available for purchase throughout Ontario.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Individuals who are vaccinated, as well as children under 12 who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days following the onset of symptoms. These individuals can end isolation after five days if their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, and all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed

Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or immunocompromised will be required to isolate for 10 days.

COVID-19 Isolation Requirements - Updated December 30, 2021

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Individuals who are vaccinated, as well as children under 12 who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days following the onset of symptoms. These individuals can end isolation after five days if their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, and all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed.

Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or immunocompromised will be required to isolate for 10 days.

If you are someone who works or lives in a high risk-health care setting (i.e., hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, congregate living settings) you must notify your employer. Individuals who work or live in these settings should not attend work for 10 days from their symptom onset, or from their date of diagnosis. To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in these settings may have the opportunity to return to work early on day seven of their isolation, with a negative PCR test, or two negative rapid antigen tests on day six and seven. Speak with your employer or occupational health and safety department for more information.

All household contacts must also isolate for the same duration as the person with symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should also consider informing close contacts beyond your household contacts by providing them with the link to Ontario.ca/exposed. Individuals who are eligible for a lab-based PCR test are encouraged to get tested.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, contact your doctor, health care provider or Telehealth for more information and guidance. If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but are feeling unwell, isolate until symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated and you have no symptoms, and do not live with the positive case, you are advised to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days since you last interacted with the positive case
  • Maintain masking, physical distancing and adherence to all other public health measures if leaving home
  • Do not visit any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from your last exposure.

If you are not fully vaccinated, or are immunocompromised, you must isolate immediately for 10 days following your last contact. If you live with the positive case, you must isolate for the length of their isolation period.

Individuals who are eligible for testing are encouraged to get tested.

If you live, work, attend, volunteer, or have been admitted in a high-risk health care setting, you must notify your employer and should not visit the high-risk setting for 10 days since your last exposure or symptom onset, or from your date of diagnosis. To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in these settings will have the opportunity to return to work early on day seven of their isolation with a negative PCR test, or two negative rapid antigen tests on day six and seven. If you live in a high-risk setting, you should isolate regardless of vaccination status.

If you have COVID-19 based on a positive test result

If you test positive from a PCR, rapid molecular or a rapid antigen test and you are fully vaccinated or under 12 years of age, you must isolate for five days from the positive test result if you have no symptoms or from symptom onset and until their symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms).

If you are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated or immunocompromised, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of your test (whichever came sooner).

In addition, household contacts of individuals who have tested positive must also self-isolate during this time. Individuals must isolate regardless of their vaccination status.

You should also notify your close contacts. A close contact is anyone you were less than two metres away from for at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time, without personal protective equipment in the 48 hours before your symptoms began or your positive test result, whichever came first.

Appropriate Use of Rapid Antigen Testing

Ontario currently has a limited supply of rapid antigen tests that are being prioritized for health care and highest risk settings. This includes rapid antigen test use for “test-to-work” in which asymptomatic staff in these sectors can return to work when they would otherwise be on isolation at home.

Focusing the use of rapid antigen tests for these sectors will help keep hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes and congregate settings operating as safely as possible. As of December 20, a total of 50 million rapid antigen tests have been deployed across more than 49,000 sites since the beginning of the pandemic, with the vast majority (approximately 41 million) deployed to these priority sectors.

Rapid antigen testing may be used to confirm if a symptomatic individual has COVID-19, with no requirement for a confirmatory PCR or rapid molecular test.

In addition to Ontario directly procuring additional rapid tests where possible, the province is continuing to urge the federal government to make more rapid tests available to provinces as quickly as possible.

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 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
  • The Wasaga Beach COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located in the parking lot behind the RecPlex at 1724 Mosley 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).

Wasaga Beach Assessment Centre

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 spike in Omicron cases

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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