COVID-19: Isolation and assessment

Mar 25 • COVID-19, Feature Story, Local NewsNo Comments on COVID-19: Isolation and assessment

By Jenna Cocullo

So you got back to Chatham-Kent from vacation, now what?

Everyone returning from travel must immediately self-isolate for 14 days. Here’s how:

I landed at the airport now what?

The Ministry of Health website states not to take a taxi or public transportation, however, “if you need to return home from the airport via taxi or ride-share, be sure to keep the windows down.”

Should I go to the grocery store before self-isolating?

  1. Find a family member or friend who is not self-isolating that can provide you with groceries. Or inquire about home delivery options.

Can I have people over?

Only have visitors who you must see and keep visits short. Keep away from seniors and people with chronic medical conditions. Maintain a two-metre distance.

 

I am self-isolating and experiencing symptoms, is the C-K Assessment Centre a walk-in clinic?

  1. Anyone who may have symptoms related to COVID-19 should call their primary care provider, CK Public Health or Telehealth Ontario. They will discuss your symptoms and travel history and can advise if you should attend the assessment centre.

 

Where is the centre, when is it open, and what do I need to bring?

  • 47 Emma St. Chatham. Park in the lot adjacent to the building.
  • Bring your Health Card with you and a list of medications and any other information regarding allergies and past medical issues.
  • Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last patient will be seen at 4:30 p.m.

 

Should I go to the emergency room?

  1. If the Assessment Centre is closed do NOT present to the Emergency Department. Return home to self-isolate and come back to the assessment centre in the morning. The purpose of the centre is to separate testing from the hospital.

 

What are severe symptoms that warrant a 911 call?

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health’s website, if you are having difficulty breathing (ex. struggling for each breath, speaking in single words) or experiencing other severe symptoms (severe chest pain, having a very hard time waking up, feeling confused or lost consciousness) call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

Unsure if your symptoms should be checked out at the assessment centre?

Follow the advice of Dr. Dax Biondi, Chief and Program Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at CKHA.

“If you have fever and new cough but otherwise you are able to breath reasonably normal, outside of coughing spells, you are able to drink liquids, you are urinating a normal number of times per day, and you are able to move about your home reasonably normal, go home and self-isolate for 14 days. Do NOT come to the emergency room or the assessment centre.”

Individuals concerned about symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19 can complete a self-assessment provided by the Ministry of Health online at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.

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