The Elliot Lake Family Health Team (ELFHT) and St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake (SJGHEL) have announced the start of the Elliot Lake COVID-19 Assessment Centre.
Nancy Ewen, executive director of the Elliot Lake Family Health Team, and Elliot Lake St. Joseph's General Hospital CEO Pierre Ozolins, have issued a joint announcement noting the launch of the Assessment Centre which will receive calls from the public, assess and triage based on Ontario Public Health Guidelines, and, when applicable, ensure samples are obtained for COVID-19 testing.
They say patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days and not visit the SJGHEL Emergency Department unless it is a medical emergency. As well, patients should call the Elliot Lake Family Health Team at 705-461-8882 if they are concerned that they could have been exposed to COVID-19, including recent foreign travel or contact with a person positive for COVID-19.
They say patient enquiries will be screened and telephone interviews will be conducted to determine if a patient should be tested. Under physician orders, a registered nurse will be deployed to conduct the COVID-19 test at the patient’s home. The COVID Assessment Centre will operate Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
They ask people to remember that:
• washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer is your first defence against this illness
• social distancing (maintain two metres / six feet distance from others), especially anyone coughing or sneezing)
• always sneeze and cough into your sleeve
• avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• avoid contact with people who are sick
• it is vital that you stay at home if you are sick. In particular, do not visit a long-term care centre, retirement home or congregate in other living places
As well, St. Joseph’s General Hospital has implemented enhanced screening procedures for COVID-19 at its main entrance. Visitors will be asked about any cough, shortness of breath, and fever symptoms. You are also advised not to go to the hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Any questions or concerns should be directed to your primary health care provider, Algoma Public Health, or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.