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COVID-19/Assessment Centres

COVID-19 assessment centre

Muskoka COVID-19 Assessment Centres Update – July 22, 2020 

Locations:

  • Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Building B, 100 Frank Miller Dr., Huntsville, ON P1H 1H7
  • Rotary Centre for Youth Bracebridge, 131 Wellington St., Bracebridge, ON P1L 1E2

Hours: Phones are answered Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you are experiencing symptoms, appointments are now available in Huntsville only on Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:30pm. Please call 1-888-383-7009 to discuss options.

There are more options than ever to get a COVID-19 test in Muskoka:

Monday to Friday, the Assessment Centres in Huntsville and Bracebridge are open and you can get tested by appointment by calling 1-888-383-7009. The COVID-19 assessment centres in Muskoka are not open for walk-in visits, they are by appointment only.

If you call the assessment centres to book an appointment, you are strongly encouraged to follow-up with your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

At the assessment centre:

  • You will be seen by a healthcare professional who will provide you with the necessary care instructions, if required.
  • Healthcare professionals will test for COVID-19 based on the most up to date guidelines from the Ministry of Health and the healthcare professional’s assessment of the individual.
  • The assessment centres do not give out test results.
How to get your test results: visit the Ontario Portal and/or follow the instructions that will be given to you at the Assessment Centre or by the Community Paramedics.

There are various times and locations to get tested in a drive-through location in Muskoka. Please visit: https://www.muskoka.on.ca/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=3510cdcd-5b5f-49ba-961b-a7b29c0c97ed  for details.

You should consider booking an appointment at the Assessment Centre closest to you if you are experiencing any of the following:

Common symptoms:
Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
New or worsening cough
Shortness of breath

Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
New smell or taste disorder(s)
Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
Runny nose, or nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.

Other signs of COVID-19 can include:
Clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia

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

Atypical symptoms can include:
Unexplained fatigue/malaise
Delirium (acutely altered mental status and inattention)
Unexplained or increased number of falls
Acute functional decline
Exacerbation of chronic conditions
Chills
Headaches
Croup
Conjunctivitis

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Testing is available for the following populations:

Symptomatic Testing: All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.

Asymptomatic, Risk-Based Testing: People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.

Asymptomatic, Risk Exposure in Line of Duty:  People who are essential workers, health care workers, LCBO employees, grocery store employees, etc.

Other Testing: Any admissions to hospital from another hospital, long-term care homes, retirement homes or other congregate living settings and institutions (such as homeless shelters, correctional facilities, day care for essential workers, group homes, community-supported living, disability-specific communities/congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices, other shelters) should be tested upon admission.

Why do I need to book an appointment?

Our goal is to keep patients safe, ensuring we have a space and dedicated equipment for you that is clean and ready. Protecting everyone is our most important goal and this can be best done when we pre-book and ensure that visits are spaced appropriately.

How do I book an appointment?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you can contact your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, OR you may book an appointment by calling the Assessment Centre Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 1-888-383-7009.

If you call the Assessment Centres to book an appointment, you are strongly encouraged to follow-up with your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. This will allow your primary care provider to help with next steps and keep them informed of your results.

If I am tested, how will I find out the results and how long will it take to get results?

The Province has released the COVID-19 Test Results Viewer that allows you to check your results from home: https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

Wait times will vary, it may take up to 7 days to receive your results.  If you have not received your results after 7 days, please call your own Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. The Assessment Centres do not have access to test results.

These centres have been established in partnership with Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, Algonquin Family Health Team, Cottage Country Family Health Team, North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Muskoka Paramedic Services and The District Municipality of Muskoka

Janine van den Heuvel, Executive Director
Algonquin Family Health Team
janine.vandenheuvel@mahc.ca
705-571-2807

 

Resources:

Muskoka Assessment Centre Details (SMDHU site): http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus/Assessment-Centres

Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

How to self-isolate: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en

Know the difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html#self

Caregiver Instructions: https://www.tehn.ca/sites/default/files/file-browser/factsheet-covid-19-guide-isolation-caregivers_0.pdf 

Simcoe Muskoka Health Stats:  http://www.simcoemuskokahealthstats.org/topics/infectious-diseases/a-h/covid-19#Tables

Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit – Information on COVID-19:  http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/DiseaseInformation/FactSheetsMN/Novel-Coronavirus

The Ontario Medical Association also has a reliable patient resource  http://www.virusfacts.ca

 

Here are some other Health Care related websites that may be of interest.

Apps to help track various health issues: https://practicalapps.ca/reviews/
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care: www.health.gov.on.ca
Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (Huntsville and Bracebridge Hospitals): www.mahc.ca
Canadian government site promoting physical activity: www.participaction.com
Community Mental Health Association: http://mps.cmha.ca/
Eat Right Ontario: www.eatrightontario.ca
Eat Right – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: www.eatright.org
211 Ontario: www.211ontario.ca
Canadian Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.ca
Cancer Care Ontario: www.cancercare.on.ca/
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario: www.heartandstroke.on.ca/
Heart and Stroke Foundation: www.heartandstroke.com
Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit: www.simcoemuskokahealth.org
Dietitians of Canada: www.dietitians.ca
Pulse Canada: www.pulsecanada.com
Dr. Mike Evans – http://www.evanshealthlab.com/

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