Here in national capital and across the province healthcare providers are continuing to prepare for the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. This includes changes at the hospital level with department restructuring and redistribution of resources to where they are needed most.
Physician Assistants, Physicians, Clerks, Nurses and Cleaning Staff continue to run COVID-19 assessment centres to help decompress the emergency room.
For patients during this stressful time, it is important to know where to go when you need help. The screening centres are swabbing individuals who are “high-risk” including:
- Those who have traveled in the past 14 days AND who are exhibiting symptoms [Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath].
- Those who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive AND are exhibiting symptoms.
Criteria for swab/screening is continuously evolving and it is important to check your local health department’s website or call to see if you qualify prior presenting to a hospital or assessment centre.
If you are immunocompromised or in contact with vulnerable populations but do not meet criteria it is important for you to self-isolate until you are feeling better. For individuals with mild symptoms and no respiratory distress, swabbing will not change management of self-isolation. It is recommended that you follow-up with your family physician by eVisit or telephone if possible.
Anyone in significant respiratory distress should not present to an assessment centre and should call 911 or your local emergency number as soon as possible.
-Anthony, Canadian PA in Neurosurgery and Front Line Assessment Centre Medical Staff