COVID-19 testing centres have opened in Cornwall, Casselman and Winchester to check people with moderate, worsening but non-severe symptoms.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), in partnership with the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), is opening a centre April 2 at the Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre, located immediately north of CCH at 850 McConnell Avenue in Cornwall.
Please call the centre between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to book your appointment at 613-935-7762.
Drive-Through in Casselman
The EOHU, in partnership with the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, is opening a drive-through centre in Casselman April 2 at the EOHU’s Casselman office, at 872 Principale St.
It will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A new assessment centre in Winchester opened April 1, at the Lions Club hall at 515 Albert St. and will be open Monday to Friday, from 12 to 6 p.m. The centre is being operated by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) staff and physicians.
The aim of the drive-through testing centre is to increase access to COVID-19 testing for EOHU area residents, while reducing the strain on 911, EMS, primary care and hospital emergency rooms so that they can focus on urgent care. “We’re hoping that opening the testing centre will also reduce the risk of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices, protecting healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.
The EOHU stresses that not everyone who is concerned that they may have COVID-19 should use the testing centres. Only people who have worsening, but not severe, COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening cough) should call for an appointment. Not everyone who calls will be eligible for an appointment to be tested; the decision to test will be based on the most current Ministry of Health case definition guidelines: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/do…
Those with mild symptoms that can be managed at home should not call the centre as they will not be tested. Individuals with mild symptoms should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the onset of symptoms and notify those that they may have been in contact with 2 days prior to having symptoms. People who have symptoms and are age 70 or over, or who have chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems should call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room.
“Unique to the Cornwall COVID-19 testing centre, people arriving for testing will be greeted by a mental health and addiction counsellor. We recognize that many in our community are feeling anxiety and stress during this particularly difficult time; we are hopeful that this support will help,” explains Jeanette Despatie, President and CEO of Cornwall Community Hospital.
Additional testing centres may also open in the region. The EOHU will notify the public when these centres become available.
For more information on the Cornwall COVID-19 testing centre, or on COVID-19 in general, visit www.eohu.ca/coronavirus