If you are feeling ill with symptoms of COVID-19
If you are feeling ill with symptoms of COVID-19 and you are not eligible for testing - information and supports available in the community
If you have mild symptoms and you have questions, or have mild symptoms and an underlying medical condition that you want assessed, please do not go to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Emergency Department (ED). The ED is not an appropriate place to seek a test for COVID-19.
Our ED is safe and fully prepared to provide necessary care. NEVER delay in calling 911 or traveling safely to the ED for urgent or emergency care.
PLEASE stay home if you or a household member is experiencing mild, manageable illness.
For mild COVID-19 symptoms, you may call the Assessment Centre and speak to a Registered Nurse. They may give you the option for a nursing assessment to assess your oxygen and respiratory status (705-746-4540 ext. 5030) or send a referral to community paramedicine.
COVID-19 causes a range of symptoms that vary from person-to-person and include new or worsening:
• Fever > 37.8˚ C and/or chills
• Trouble breathing
• Decrease or loss of smell or taste
• Very tired, sore muscles and joints
• Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Sore throat
The number of people right now with COVID-19 infection is so high that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should assume you have COVID-19 infection, even if you are fully vaccinated.
You can also use this on-line self-assessment for instructions on self-isolation and testing: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
Click on the PDF below to find additional information, web links, and contact numbers for Primary Care.