March 15 COVID-19 situation update at HHS
What you need to know
- Dedicated COVID-19 assessment centres are being established in Ontario. On Monday, two centres will open in Hamilton, including one at the West End Clinic. The Assessment Centre is for patients who have been referred by their health care provider or Public Health and is located in a separate clinic space with specific hours of operation. HHS staff who have been scheduled to work at the Assessment Centre in the coming days have been involved in discussions and are aware of the opening. More information about the Assessment Centres will be posted online by Public Health on Monday and shared in the next update.
- Plans are being made to implement screening at hospital entrances. Staff will require their HHS ID badge to access our sites as soon as screening begins. More information to come.
- The Ontario Ministry of Health has launched a new self-assessment tool for people to use if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it. People should self-assess before seeking care in person or by phone. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should go to the emergency department or call 911.
- Effective immediately the wellness/fitness centres at all HHS sites are closed. This is in line with our overall efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
What you need to do
- Share the self-assessment tool with family and friends
- Continue to follow guidelines on gatherings, remote work, travel and self-screening/self-isolation
What is happening elsewhere
- Washington Post shared an excellent visual showing how outbreaks like COVID-19 spread exponentially
- Review City of Hamilton update of COVID-19 related closures
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