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COVID-19 UPDATE

 

COVID-19

 

SCREENING QUESTIONS (these will change often as the outbreak evolves):

1.     Are you experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, or any other signs of a lung illness or shortness of breath?

 

WHEN YOU CALL THE CLINIC:

·         All patients will be screened with the boxed question above by receptionists over the phone before scheduling any appointments

·         If patient is not unwell, but at risk of being in contact with COVID-19, we ask you to please call back to our clinic to rebook your appointment after you are 14 days past travelling or being exposed to a potential COVID-19 case. Thank you for your understanding as we attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

·         We do not want patients coming to the North Perth Family Health Team with these symptoms.  We know this may be frustrating, but it is important that we reduce the risk of spread of any illness, including any potential cases of COVID-19.

BEFORE YOU COME TO THE CLINIC:

  • if your appointment is not urgent, think about re-scheduling it for later this year
  • if you are running out of medication, please ask the pharmacist to give you an additional amount.  If they are unwilling to do that, please ask them to fax the clinic
  • if you still need to see a healthcare professional, please call the clinic
  • if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing; please call the clinic.  DO NOT COME BEFORE CALLING
  • if you are sick, stay at home. We do not want patients coming to the clinic with any of the symptoms above. Self-quarantine until symptom free for 72 hours

 

IF YOU COME TO THE CLINIC:

  • you will be questioned when you arrive and if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you will be instructed to go home and call 519-291-4200 to speak with a triage nurse

 

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.  Also, make sure to wash your hands afterward
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t already

 

If you are planning on travelling over March break, the Government of Canada has posted advice here:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

 

For more information about COVID-19 click on the links below:

 Or call Huron Perth Public Health:  1-888-221-2133

 

Finally, we are unable to provide you will any supplies (e.g. masks, gowns) since our supply is limited.