BC Centre for Disease Control testing guidelines for COVID-19 has CHANGED. Testing is still available, but is a limited resource, and the demand for Covid-19 testing is exceeding capacity.
⭐️The below online self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to⭐️
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED FOR COVID-19?
People with respiratory symptoms who are:
🛑Hospitalized or likely to be hospitalized
🛑Health Care Workers
🛑Residents of long term care facilities
🛑Part of an investigation of an outbreak
WHO DOES NOT NEED TESTED FOR COVID-19?
❌People without symptoms
❌People with mild respiratory symptoms
❌This INCLUDES returning travelers
The BC Ministry of Health strongly urges anyone who has the following symptoms with OR without travel to self-isolate for 14 days:
🔹Our clinic is taking extra precautionary measures to reduce exposure to doctors, staff, elderly patients, those with immune compromised systems and the general public🔹
🔸Doctors are providing phone call appointments for prescriptions, results, follow-ups, etc. This is dependant on the patient, their health issues, the prescriptions they’re taking and whether the doctor needs to physically see you.
🔸While we have always followed everyday sanitizing procedures there is now increased upfront sanitizing. You may also notice some staff or doctors wearing a mask. It is important to note Fort St John is currently still low risk.
🔺IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to disclose ANY travel outside Canada or ANY respiratory symptoms you are having BEFORE presenting for an appointment so we can accommodate you appropriately.
🔺We are unfortunately having patients every day book appointments on the phone or present in person to the clinic and then disclose this information AFTER they have already checked in, sat in the waiting room, used the washroom and are put in an exam room. This is not acceptable behaviour and puts others at risk.