April 16, 2020
The Brockville COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at 100 Magedoma Boulevard, has established a new “self-present” model that will begin on Friday, April 17. This means that appointments or referrals for the Centre are no longer required and people can come to the building to be assessed for testing.
“It is important that individuals with COVID-19 are identified early to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others.” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.
Individuals are encouraged to complete the online COVID-19 assessment tool before attending the Brockville Assessment Centre between Monday to Friday 10:00am–5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am–2:30pm to be assessed for testing. If getting to the centre is an issue, call the Health Unit and discuss your transportation needs.
While anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can go, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is strongly encouraging that the following people be assessed at the Centre:
- Essential workers (person working directly with the public)
- Healthcare workers or a household member of a healthcare worker
- Pregnant individuals who are in their third trimester
- Returning travellers to Canada
- Close contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 (live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with)
We have had a number of businesses that have provided food, thanks to these partners for helping feed the Assessment Centre staff: Starbucks; Altima Dental; Gabriel Pizza; Pizza Hut; Athens Family Health Team; Leeds and Grenville Community Family Health Team; Upper Canada Family Health Team; Subway; Jane and Harold Hess; Re-Store Kemptville; Century 21 Rick Burt; Mary Jean and Ian McFall; D & D Tree Service (supplied dividers for assessment area and admin area); Dr. Vijay Bhatt; Volunteer Center St. Lawrence Rideau.
Other assessment centres within Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, (Almonte and Smiths Falls) will continue to use a referral system. Referrals can be sent by a primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinic) or by the Health Unit, 1-800-660-5853 extension 2222.
For more information about COVID-19, visit www.healthunit.org/coronavirus.
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