Feeling unwell and not sure if you should be tested for COVID-19?
- A COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool has been posted to the Ontario Government site. If you suspect you have COVID-19, you can use this online tool to determine if and how you should seek further care.
- Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
- Consult your family physician or nurse practitioner
- Call Timiskaming Health Unit at 705-647-4305 or 1-866-747-4305
- Call the COVID-19 Regional Assessment Centre at 705-648-1844
- If you need immediate medical assistance, please call 911, and tell first responders about your symptoms and any recent travel, so that appropriate precautions can be put in place
What’s New? (Per Ontario Health, October 13, 2020)
We are currently experiencing a high volume of demand for COVID-19 testing. Please:
- First determine if you require a COVID-19 test by completing a self-assessment
- Do not seek testing at multiple COVID-19 assessment centres as this will result in delayed access and delayed test results for all. If you have already booked an appointment at an assessment centre and can no longer make it, please cancel and rebook your time so others who need a test can be seen.
This is important to ensuring those in need can receive timely access to testing and timely access to test results.
As of Tuesday, October 6, you will need an appointment to get a test at all assessment centres. Prior to booking your appointment with us, please review the eligibility information below.
Who should be tested at a COVID-19 assessment centre?
Based on the Ontario Government’s current COVID-19 testing guidelines, we are assessing individuals for COVID-19 testing based on the following:
- Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19*
- Direct contacts of confirmed COVID- 19 cases** identified as:
- A household contact (note this does not include contacts of contacts such as a friend of someone in your household)
- Directed or recommended by public health via contact tracing or outbreak investigation
- Notified via the COVID Alert app
- In addition, the following groups are eligible for testing at assessment centres regardless of the presence of symptoms. Currently these are:
- Workers in long-term care homes every two weeks. Workers in long-term care homes should not be tested more frequently than every two weeks unless directed by public health in an outbreak setting.
- Essential caregivers visiting a long-term care home
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters, or other congregate settings. A list of congregate settings is outlined in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
- Pre-operative patients prior to receiving general anaesthesia and cancer patients receiving therapy as outlined in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
- International students who have passed their 14-day quarantine period, or who have developed symptoms within their 14-day period (breaking quarantine to get a test is not encouraged but assessment centres will not turn symptomatic individuals away).
- Farm workers
- Indigenous communities
- Individuals who need testing for international travel clearance (note: this is an interim measure. Please check ca/covidtest to ensure you have the most current information).
Groups of people who are eligible for testing at assessment centres regardless of their symptoms may change from time to time. You should confirm you eligibility for a COVID-19 test with your health care provider before seeing testing.
*Children are eligible for testing when they fulfill the following symptoms:
- Are recommended for testing by the local public health unit
- Are exhibiting new/worsening symptoms of:
- Fever and/or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Decrease or loss of smell or test
- Exhibiting two or more of the following new/worsening symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise
- You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school/child care. Use the school screening tool to help make this decision.
**If an asymptomatic close contact tests negative, they must remain in self-isolation for 14 days from their last exposure to the case. If they later become symptomatic within the isolation period, they should be re-tested.
The only exception is if the individual was alerted to a possible exposure by the COVID Alert app, then they must isolate until they receive their tests results. If the results are negative, they are required to self-monitor for 14 days from when they received the alert. If they later become symptomatic within the isolation period, they should be re-tested and self-isolate until they receive their test results.
Examples of who would not be eligible for testing
Please note, the following are examples of individuals that do not meet testing eligibility criteria:
- Asymptomatic individuals seeking workplace testing outside of outbreak investigations or government requirements
- Other members of the family that do not fit the current COVID-19 testing guidance (those without eligible symptoms or who are not a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case).
- Asymptomatic close contacts of an individual with symptoms compatible with COVID- 19, unless the individual is confirmed as COVID -19 infected
- Asymptomatic contacts of case contacts (close contacts of an individual who is a contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, unless the individual is confirmed as COVID-19 infected)
- Asymptomatic sports team member testing unless referred by public health
Groups of people who are not eligible for testing at assessment centres regardless of their symptoms may change from time to time. You should confirm your eligibility for a COVID-19 test with your health care provider before seeking testing.
When visiting a COVID-19 assessment centre
When visiting the COVID-19 assessment centre, please follow public health measures, including wearing a face covering and maintain physical distance from people outside your household or social circle.
Temiskaming Hospital (TH) is actively monitoring the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada.
Information for Hospital Visitors
The health and safety of our patients, physicians and staff is our top priority at Temiskaming Hospital. Following the directives from the Ministry of Health (MOH), Temiskaming Hospital has put in place visitor restrictions at our hospital.
Visitors are not allowed at Temiskaming Hospital until further notice. The only exceptions are essential visitors and designated Care Partners (Designated Care Partners Now Permitted at Temiskaming Hospital.)
Our Emergency Department remains open.
All entrances, except for the Main Entrance, remain closed during this time. Emergency Department patients, patients with scheduled appointments and essential visitors must enter at the Main Entrance where they will be screened for symptoms before entering the building. Essential visitors who do not meet the screening criteria will not be permitted to enter the building.
Virtual Visitation Program
We understand these restrictions can be very difficult for our patients and their families. On March 26th, 2020, Temiskaming Hospital implemented a Virtual Visitation Program. Assigned staff members are available to facilitate virtual visits between patients and families during this time. Family members of patients may call 705-647-1088 extension 2129 to request a visit.
Please visit our Facebook page for more updates https://www.facebook.com/temhospital/
ATTENTION VISITORS: If you feel unwell (cough, fever, breathing difficulties), please do not visit.
Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses to others by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer (greater than 60% alcohol), if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid contact with others until your symptoms subside and/or you have been evaluated by a physician.
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Avoid travel while sick.
TH is adhering to best practice guidelines set by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health for the assessment and management of COVID-19.
Information for Patients
If you have a clinic appointment, test or other procedure scheduled, and have any of the following symptoms, please call your clinic to see if you should still come to the hospital. It is important to let your health care team know about any recent travel.
Symptoms to watch for:
- Shortness of breath
- Full-body rash
Trusted and Reliable Resources
Up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the following websites:
- 2019-novel-coronavirus Ontario Information
- Public Health Ontario Coronavirus Information
- MOH Coronavirus Guidance Documents
- Canadian Case Counts
- World Health Organization Case Counts & Reports
- Travel Advisories
If you feel overwhelmed, we have support within our community:
Timiskaming Crisis Response System, 1-888-665-8888, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
Regional Warm Line, 1-866-856-9276, 6 pm to 12 am, 7 nights a week; and
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.
Community Champions Wall
We have received an outpouring of support from community members and local businesses who have offered to help Temiskaming Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have put together a Community Champions Wall which we will update on a regular basis. On behalf of our staff, professional staff and Temiskaming Hospital Board of Directors, thank you to: