Covid & You

If you think you may have COVID-19, please follow BCCDC guidelines to determine whether to get tested.

emergency

If You Think This Is An Emergency
dial 911 or present to the nearest emergency department. If you are unsure if it’s an emergency, dial 811 to speak with a registered nurse.

Testing

If you qualify for a COVID-19 test according to the self assessment tool, call 1-844-901-8442 NOT your GP’s clinic.

Symptoms and Isolation

The BC Ministry of Health strongly urges anyone who has symptoms – including a fever, cough, sneezing, malaise/fatigue, rhinorrhoea (runny nose), sore throat, or difficulty breathing – to self-isolate.

The length of time you need to self-isolate depends on your situation. Please Go Here to find out more.

To protect yourself and others while out in public, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and maintain a distance of about 2 metres from others. For more information on COVID-19, refer to HealthLink BC’s COVID-19 Website.

Covid and Our Clinic

Please note the following FOUR important immediate changes:

1. “VIRTUAL FIRST”

As of now, we are aiming to do the majority of appointments “virtually first”. If you need to see a doctor, please book a phone appointment first and you and your doctor can decide if a face-to-face appointment is needed next.

We Are still “Seeing” everyone by phone but There will be no Non-Essential In-Person Office visits at this time. Examples Of Non-Essential Visits Are: Chronic Disease/Check-Ups If you have no concerns, meet-and-greets. Or prescription refills. But you can still book a phone call to review any concerns you have!

2. DO NOT ENTER CLINIC IF…

…you have infectious symptoms or concerns about COVID-19 exposure. Infectious symptoms include:

fever or chills, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, chills, cough, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, new rash, shortness of breath, loss or change of sense of smell and/or tast,e
headache, sneezing, If you are having trouble breathing or are extremely unwell, and cannot wait for a phone appointment, you should seek emergency health services at Lady Minto Hospital.

3. SAFE IN-OFFICE APPOINTMENTS

If you and your doctor decide that an in-office appointment is medically necessary, the above guidelines will still apply.

You will be required to wear a medical-grade mask in the clinic. We are happy to provide you with one.

Please do bring the following to your appointment:

Toys and reading material: to keep the clinic safe for all patients, there are none in the clinic.
Pen or pencil: if you need to take notes.

Please do NOT bring the following to your appointment:

Other people: there is limited space in our waiting rooms. If absolutely necessary, one support person will be allowed, but remember: this is for THEIR safety. If they have less exposure, they will stay healthy!

4. WE CANNOT PERFORM UNNECESSARY OR INAPPROPRIATE TESTING.

We are NOT performing COVID-19 tests at SSIHC. If you are experiencing symptoms, you may be eligible for a test. First complete a self assessment. If directed to book please call 1-844-901-8442 to book your test.

Other Notes and Reminders

  • Please watch our websites for updates and advice.
  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses. They include a dry cough, fever, tiredness, & diarrhea and may involve difficulty breathing. As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, for example, problems breathing, etc., please call 911.
  • Social distancing. The most effective way to contain this virus is by limiting our public interactions. We cannot stress this enough. If you do not get this virus now, it means someone else at high risk who does get it can get the health care they need.
  • Please do NOT call the clinic to ask if there is COVID-19 on island. This is a pandemic – it is in our community. Act accordingly. We are NOT able to comment on local cases. Click here for information about local outbreaks and exposures.
  • Please remember during these high-stress times to be kind to each other. This includes our clinic staff.
    COVID-19 VACCINES
  • For the most recent vaccination updates, booking information, and frequently asked questions, click here.
    Click here to learn about BC’s COVID-19 immunization plan.

Reliable Resources

Screen yourself at home: https://covid19.thrive.health/

Healthlink: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca or 8-1-1 Translation in 130 languages available

BC Centre for Disease Control: Webpage for general public in English, with links to traditional Chinese and Punjabi language webpages: http://www.bccdc.ca

Healthlink: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca or 8-1-1 Translation in 130 languages available

For patients who have travelled from abroad: https://www.canada.ca

For patients who have travelled from abroad: https://www.canada.ca

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