THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~ April 15, 2020 (LSN) The criteria for COVID-19 testing at the Assessment Centre of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre was expanded late last week. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) continues to refer people to the assessment centre based on that criteria, Individuals with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should contact the Thunder Bay District Health Unit at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630 to be assessed for potential testing
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (38°C and over), cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose, chills, or gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. vomiting or diarrhea).
Currently the highest priority for testing includes:
Symptomatic health care workers and staff providing direct and non-direct patient care Symptomatic residents and staff in long-term care facilities, retirement homes, and other communal living settings (e.g., correctional facilities, homeless shelters, group homes) Symptomatic travelers returning from outside Northwestern Ontario within the past 14 days Symptomatic members of remote, isolated, rural and/or indigenous communities Symptomatic first responders including police officers, firefighters and paramedics Symptomatic close contacts of confirmed or probable cases
TBDHU also encourages the following people to be tested: Symptomatic individuals (e.g., children, partners, or other household members) living with Health Care Workers or with staff who work in health care facilities Symptomatic critical infrastructure workers – this includes grocery stores, food services, maintenance and transportation workers, and utilities.
“Testing people for the COVID-19 virus is a very important strategy in this pandemic, not only to assess how many cases are in our communities, but also so public health can quickly follow-up with the individual with COVID-19 as well as others who may have been exposed to the virus and reduce any ongoing spread. Working with our health system partners, we continue to advocate for ongoing expansion of testing and testing capacity in this area”, says Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health.
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