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COVID-19 assessment centre

Muskoka COVID-19 Assessment Centres Update #2  May 1, 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

Talk to an Assessment Center Health Professional: 1-888-383-7009

Phones are Answered Monday – Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Two COVID-19 Assessment Centres are open in Muskoka. Patient access to the Assessment Centres is by appointment only Monday through Friday. The Assessment Centres are not open for walk-in visits.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, the Muskoka Community Assessment Centres support implementing the provincial strategy to significantly expand and enhance testing. In addition to the ongoing testing of the general public, Ontario will be proactively testing several priority groups.

Increasing the number of people in the community that can be tested can, in turn, protect the most vulnerable in our communities. By testing more people, cases will be found faster, intervention can happen earlier, which will reduce the spread, and save lives.

Testing for COVID-19 in Muskoka is encouraged if symptoms are present. While some populations are prioritized, testing guidelines have been broadened and more people are eligible for testing.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should first contact your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, it is an important step for your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner to be involved in your care. Your primary care provider is here for you while delivering care in a new manner. Family Doctor and Nurse Practitioner offices in the area are available by phone, virtually or in-person as required.

If you do not have a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, please call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or access the Ministry of Health Self Assessment Tool:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0. After that, if you have been advised to attend a COVID-19 Assessment Centre, 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.

How do I book an appointment?

Your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner’s office will book an appointment for you.

If you do not have a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner please call Telehealth Ontario or access the Ministry of Health Self Assessment Tool. You may be advised to call the Assessment Center once those steps are complete.

Why do I need to book an appointment?

Primary Care is working closely with many partners at the Muskoka COVID-19 Assessment Centres, and it is an important step for your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner to be involved in your care.

The Assessment Centres are by appointment only so your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner can help you make the best decision for your care and provide any follow-up that is deemed necessary.

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.

What happens at the Assessment Centre?

At the Assessment Centre you will be seen by a healthcare professional who will conduct a test and/or assessment depending on the most up to date guidelines and clinical expertise. They will also provide you with the necessary care instructions for next steps.

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.

Wait times will vary, however 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. If you do not have a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, you may want to call the Assessment Centre for guidance.

About the COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Muskoka:

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

To date, the Muskoka COVID-19 Assessment Centres have completed 370 tests and also virtually assessed nearly 400 patients. These numbers are specific to the Assessment Centre testing and do not include tests administered through the hospital, long-term care or any other institution.

The Huntsville and Bracebridge Assessment Centres have an adaptable capacity and the planning has built-in flexibility to increase capacity in a surge situation. To date, we are meeting the requested demands for assessment and testing and do not have a wait list.

At the Assessment Centres, we have adopted the new broadened testing criteria, as we have previously adopted all provincial guidelines and have adapted quickly as that has changed.

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

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

 

 

Two COVID-19 Assessment Centres Opening in Muskoka

Update #1 March 31, 2020 (Muskoka, ON) – Two COVID-19 Assessment Centres will open in Muskoka on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Patient access to the Assessment Centres is by appointment only Monday through Friday, by referral from a health care provider. The Assessment Centres are not open for walk-in visits. The centres are located in Bracebridge at the Rotary Centre for Youth at 131 Wellington Street and in Huntsville at Building B of the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital campus, located on the right hand side of 100 Frank Miller Drive, as you approach the hospital behind the Howland Building.

“It is important to note that, presently, there are a limited number of test kits in Muskoka. Not everyone who comes to the assessment centre will be tested” says Dr. Melanie Mar. “Testing is not available to patients on request, but based on the most up to date guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, and the healthcare professional’s assessment.”

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you must first seek guidance from your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner as to whether you should attend the centre. If it is determined you need to attend, your healthcare provider’s office will book an appointment for you.

If you do not have a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, you can seek guidance from Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (705-721-7520) or access the Ministry of Health’s Self Assessment Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0. Following one of those steps, if you have been advised to attend a COVID-19 Assessment Centre, you can call 1-888-383-7009, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, to book an appointment.

“For the safety of our staff and patients, it is crucial that the process to access an Assessment Centre is followed” states Dr. Keith Cross, “and that the public continue to monitor and review recommendations from Public Health and the Ministry of Health regularly.”

As a reminder to the general public, stay home, stay safe.

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

For more information on how COVID-19 is impacting Muskoka, and details regarding access to the Muskoka Assessment Centre locations, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus/Assessment-Centres.

Media Relations Contact
Janine van den Heuvel
janine.vandenheuvel@mahc.ca
705-571-2807

 

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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