This Version Posted: May 25, 2020
Many regular health care services and non-emergency medical procedures have been on hold due to COVID-19. Recently, the Province announced plans to resume some services and procedures — albeit with strict protective measures put in place. At the same time, many hospitals report a significant drop in the number of patients visiting the emergency room for non-COVID-19 health problems.
While staying home and practising physical distancing is important, it doesn’t mean you should avoid seeking medical care for other health conditions. You can put yourself at risk by delaying needed medical care for untreated injuries and illnesses.
Hospitals have precautions in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for outpatients and are still providing health care services not related to COVID-19. So seek medical care if you need it!
What to Do:
- Check with your local hospital to see some of the COVID-19 precautions in place. This can include: screening and limiting visitors, providing patients/visitors with face masks, and reducing access to some parts of the hospital:
- Northumberland Hills Hospital
- Ross Memorial Hospital
- Campbellford Memorial Hospital
- Haliburton Highlands Health Services
- Don’t put off care! If you’re unsure about whether to seek medical assistance:
- Call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for guidance.
- In an emergency, call 9-1-1. Inform first responders if you have any potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.