GEORGIAN BAY FHO SERVICES & INFORMATION

COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE

You may schedule your preferred shifts in the Assessment Centre in the GBFHO EMR under appointments for “COVID Assessment Centre (CAC)”.

Information on what to expect when working at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre

BACKGROUND

The Georgian Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located in two locations:

  1. Located at 490 Ontario Street in the back parking lot at the Royal Canadian Legion, Collingwood. Please use the Ontario Street entrance into the back parking lot, NOT the Erie Street Entrance.
  2. At the Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach.

The main objectives of this initiative include:

  • Ensuring timely access to an assessment that is appropriate to level of reported symptoms
  • Ensuring the protection of the most vulnerable population, as identified by Public Health
  • Ensuring the protection of Healthcare Workers and facilitating return to work
  • Optimizing the use of limited PPE resources and testing supplies
  • Facilitate and better coordinate follow-up care – either to primary care or the ED

CENTRE INFORMATION

  • Hours of Operation – 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Opened to the Public on March 18, 2020
  • Shifts available for clinical staff in 4 hour block minimums – with flexibility to select your preferred dates using the EMR appointments under “COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC)”
  • The COVID-19 Toolbar includes the screening form, a treatment form – which includes a link for the Public Health requisition for the COVID-19 test and the ability to send a referral to the assessment centre and the CAC assessment form which includes a link to the Public Health Reporting form.

SUPPORTS WITHIN THE CENTRE

  • Receptionist answering the phone and screening self-referrals before scheduling a phone call for the NP/Physician.
  • Personal Protection Equipment Provided (separate Donning/doffing areas).
  • Desk with Phone, Computer, and EMR access, Sat monitor, etc.

Criteria for sending your patient to an COVID-19 Assessment Centre. CLICK HERE

How to send your patient to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Located in the back parking lot at the Royal Canadian Legion, Collingwood (please use the Erie Street Entrance into the back parking lot, NOT Ontario Street Entrance) or the Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach.

Community members with potential COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose and joint aches) who feel they need to be assessed for COVID-19 should do the self assessment provided by the Ministry of Health. With this tool the patients will be screened for travel and contact history and symptoms, and guided to self-monitor, self-isolate at home, contact their primary care provider (who may recommend they come to the centre for an assessment), or go to the Emergency Department.

If you have questions about whether you or your child should visit or attend school or get a COVID-19 Assessment please use the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) tool:

COVID TESTING FOR TRAVEL

  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health has announced COVID-19 testing for outbound international travellers will no longer be funded by the province. Area residents will no longer be able to book a test at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach if the reason for the test is travel.
  • The province recommends travellers consult the guidelines of their airline and country of destination and if a test is required, seek the test through a private testing facility or travel clinic. Participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Lifelabs locations are available online or www.lifelabs.com/flyclear.

THE ASSESSMENT CENTRE IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Registration paths include physicians/NPs, SGBCHC, Public Health or self-referrals. Testing is provided in accordance with up to date PH guidelines. This whole process ensures the right care for patients, supports the important principle of social distancing and prevents unnecessary visits to the Emergency Department.

The test is similar to that of other respiratory illnesses and involves taking a sample from the back of the nasal cavity with a swab. Simcoe Muskoka District Public Health will follow up with those who test positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

BOOK A COVID ASSESSMENT APPOINTMENT CLICK HERE

ACCESSING THE COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre offers by APPOINTMENT only assessments located in two locations:

1. Collingwood Assessment Centre directions (Please enter from the FRONT of the Legion off Ontario Street and follow the lane way on the right side of the building) GOOGLE MAPS

2. Wasaga Beach Assessment Centre directions GOOGLE MAPS

 If you require urgent care, please visit an Emergency Department or call 911 and inform them of your travel and contact history and symptoms.

COVID-19 LINKS

Sharing Pertinent Articles, Sites & Documents

Submitted by Dr. Harry O’Halloran

August 25th, 2020

  • SickKids COVID Decision Making Algorithm CLICK HERE
  • SickKids Emergency Department Decision Making for COVID CLICK HERE
  • SickKids ED Assessment of COVID-associated hyperinflammation/Kawasaki Disease CLICK HERE

March 25, 2020

  • VitalTalk – To health care professionals everywhere: these are unprecedented times. There’s no road map. We’re facing conversations that we never expected—or wanted—to have. In that spirit, we’ve crowd sourced this little playbook to provide some practical advice on how to talk about some difficult topics related to COVID-19. CLICK HERE
  • Article – Keeping the Corona Virus from Infecting HealthCare Workers CLICK HERE

Submitted by Dr. Jennifer Young


June 15, 2020

  • Breast Cancer Survivorship Tool – This tool presents evidence-based standard-of-care recommendations for breast cancer patients following adjuvant therapy. The tool is designed to be used by both patients and primary care providers. The tool is broken down into 4 steps CLICK HERE
  • Know your patient
  • Cancer surveillance
  • Management of long-term side effects of treatment
  • health promotion

Submitted by Dr. Mark Quigg


April 7, 2020

  • Covid Critical Care – Medical Management of Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 or Confirmed COVID-19 from William Osler Health System. CLICK HERE

 

Information for Family Practices

Clinical information for your practice:

Current Links to Key Information: Public Health, Ministry of Health, OCFP, Government of Canada, Centre for Effective Practice (CEP)

PHO microbiologists are available and can be reached at 416-235-6556 / 1-877-604-4567 for advice and support or via the after-hours emergency duty officer at (416) 605-3113.

  • OntarioMD and OMA Virtual Care: COVID-19 Guide
  • OntarioMD info on Virtual Care options in EMRs.
  • List of COVID-19 sanitizing agents, Public Health Ontario synopsis regarding routes of transmission
  • Extensive and easy to use OCFP Tips for Family Doctors
  • How to video on nasopharyngeal swabs.

Links Issued by AFHTO on September 21st, 2021.

 
We continue to update multiple pages on our site with resources and news:

Links Issued by AFHTO on February 9th.

Links Issued by AFHTO on February 2nd.
Mental Health and Additions Centre of Excellence (Ontario Health)

Innovations in Care Delivery 2021, Jan. 2021

Links Issued by AFHTO on January 26th.

Links Issued by AFHTO on January 5th.
(AFHTO have now added a vaccine page to their COVID section on the site. The Ministry also has a COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources page. Recent updates include:

AFHTO continue to update several pages on their site with resources and news:

Links Issued by AFHTO on December 22nd (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on December 15th (previous week updates):

Ministry of Health:

  • COVID-19 About Vaccines- EN and FR
  • Guidance for Vaccinated Health Care Workers- EN and FR
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet – EN and FR
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Process and Safety- EN and FR
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Rollout- EN and FR
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Administration- EN and FR

Links Issued by AFHTO on December 8th (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on November 18th (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on November 3rd (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on September 29th (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on September 22nd (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on September 15th (previous week updates):

Links Issued by AFHTO on September 8th (previous week updates):

Issued by MOH May 26th:

Issued by MOH May 22/25th:

Issued by MOH May 14/17th:

Issued by MOH May 2nd:

Issued by MOH April 22nd:

Issued by MOH April 15th:

Recent OHIP bulletins K codes: Bulletin #4745 and #11229

Information for Your Patients

Information for your patients that can be posted in your practice or shared electronically.

As you are aware, on October 1st, 2020 the Ministry of Health revised the guidance for the management for COVID-19 in schools. Highlights of the changes include revisions to the screening tool, and new return to school requirements. Due to the differences in transmission of COVID-19 in different age groups, there are now two screening tools: one for students and one for staff/essential visitors.The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has developed new screening tools that build on the provincial screening tool and provide more specific direction on what students and staff/visitors should do when they meet the criteria for possible testing. Specifically, we are asking that these individuals seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre. As such, schools and school boards in Simcoe Muskoka are now advised to refer staff and families to the SMDHU’s locally adapted screening tools, in place of the provincial tool:

Additionally, the SMDHU has revised it’s COVID-19: SMDHU Supplemental Guidance Document For School Settings to reflect recent changes in provincial and local direction. We have also developed / revised the following menu of tools and resources to assist schools and families in understanding the current guidelines:

Significant changes include moving from a 14-day clearance period (period of communicability) for all cases to a 10-day clearance period for the majority of cases with mild to moderate illness. However, the incubation period remains at 14 days, and therefore contacts who have had a high-risk exposure to a case must still self-isolate for 14 days from their last exposure.

The above resources have also been posted to the SMDHU website at https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19/Return-to-School for Administrators/Educators, families and health care partners. We encourage you to visit these pages often, as this information will be continually updated to reflect changes in provincial direction and our local context.

CONTACT

Collingwood Health Centre
186 Erie Street
Suite 100
Collingwood, ON.
L9Y 4T3

PHONE & FAX

705-444-5885
Fax: 705-444-1393

PARKING

The parking lot has 3 pay and display machines

Parking is $2.00 for 1.5 hours

The parking lot is run by CarPark (located in Toronto).

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