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Guidelines for Care
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are having difficulty managing at home:
- Go to your nearest Assessment Centre. No appointment or referral required. Following screening , you will be sent home to self-isolate and monitor your symptoms, unless you are critically ill and require hospitalization. See locations below.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or an inability to arouse, and/or bluish lips or face:
- Go to the nearest Emergency Department (call first to alert staff) or call 911.
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Virtual Care Message to Patients
COVID-19 is placing stress on Canada’s public health system. Our clinics are starting to offer virtual care to make sure that we can continue to care for our patients safely and effectively. This means that we will be using video and audio technologies for some patient visits rather than asking all patients to come into our office. Some of these technologies are provided by the Province. Others have been provided by vendors like Zoom, Google, or Apple to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times. Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your provider may ask you to visit a hospital or other health care facility if necessary, for a physical examination.
We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no video or audio tools are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using video or audio communications tools. To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can:
- Understand that this method of communication is not secure in the same way as a private appointment in an exam room.
- Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer’s or third party’s computer/device) and a secure internet connection. For example, using a personal computer or tablet is more secure than using someone else’s computer, and your access to the Internet on your home network will generally be more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection.
You should also understand that virtual care is not a substitute for in-person communication or clinical examinations, where appropriate, or for going to an Emergency Department when needed (including for any urgent care that may be required).
If you are concerned about using video or audio tools for virtual care, you can ask our office to arrange for you to visit a different health care provider or other health care centre where you can be seen in person. However, please note that visiting a health care provider in person comes with a higher risk of coming into contact with COVID-19 and the possibility of spreading the virus.
By providing your information, you agree to let us collect, use, or disclose your personal health information through video or audio communications (while following applicable privacy laws) to provide you with care. In particular, the following means of electronic communication may be used: audio or videoconferencing (including OTN, Zoom, Doxy etc.)
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Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms are:
- Dry Cough
- Difficulty Breathing
- Aches and Pains
- Nasal Congestion
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
Good to Know
It is possible to have no symptoms and feel well while infected.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Approximately one in six people who contracts COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing
Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, compromised immune systems, cancer, diabetes, or hypertension are more likely to develop serious illness.
Younger individuals may also experience severe symptoms, although less frequently.
Stay at least 2 metres (approximately 6 feet) away from other people.
Avoid large gatherings and crowded spaces.
Avoid people who are ill with cold-
or flu-like symptoms.
Avoid All Non-Essential Travel
Stay home. If you go out for essential items, practice physical distancing.
Stay at your primary residence. Grey Bruce healthcare resources are limited and cannot safely care for additional residents during this pandemic.
Returning from Outside Canada
If you have travelled outside of Canada, self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Do not go to work and do not leave your home.
Clean Your Hands Often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily with household cleaners or diluted bleach.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfecting.