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OUR ASSESSMENT CENTRE IS NOW OPEN
To help keep our people, patients and communities safe, we have opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. In accordance with new guidelines from the Toronto Region COVID-19 Hospital Operations, The Assessment Centre will only test those with mild symptoms of COVID-19 and fit the following criteria: those who also work in at-risk settings (such as hospitals, long-term care homes), those who live in vulnerable settings (such as homeless shelters) or those who have been sent by Toronto Public Health.
Our aim with this approach of testing is to have a more measured, targeted use of existing resources and to limit exposure in testing centres to those who are medically frail or immunocompromised.
LOCATION: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (38 Shuter St. - 1st Floor)
OPEN: 9 A.M to 7 P.M.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use The Ontario Ministry of Health’s self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.
Coronaviruses are viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some spread easily between people, others don’t. On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
The disease can pass from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around them. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.
If you have symptoms or are worried about potential exposure to COVID-19, we encourage you to take the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment to determine if you need to visit an assessment centre or self-isolate at home.
St. Michael’s Hospital has opened an Assessment Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at 38 Shuter St. to provide screening and assessment for our community. It is equipped with proper precautions such as hand hygiene stations and isolated spaces for those being assessed for COVID-19.
If you have relevant risk factors, your care team will wear protective equipment and place you in a room separate from other patients. After a careful review, a decision will be made as to whether you need testing, where this should be done, and whether you need to go to the emergency department or be admitted to hospital. Patients with very mild symptoms may be sent home with instructions to isolate at home while awaiting test results and will be followed by public health. For more information about assessment, go to Unity Health Toronto’s information page.
To reduce exposure and transmission, you should:
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- cover your cough with a tissue or sneeze in your elbow
- frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces
- self-isolate for at least 14 days after travelling outside the country
As a reminder, if you are concerned about your symptoms and/or worried about potential exposure to COVID-19, we encourage you to connect with Toronto Public Health and your primary health care providers close to home; this will help keep our Emergency Department resources available for trauma and emergent care patients.
You can call Toronto Public Health’s Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, call 311 and ask for Toronto Public Health.
Facts from the Frontlines
Over the coming weeks, Dr. Bob Howard, Former President and CEO, St. Michael’s Hospital, will interview world-class health experts to keep you and your loved ones informed and up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 developments and what St. Michael’s is doing to address the pandemic.
Featuring: Dr. Matthew Muller, Medical Director, Infection, Prevention and Control, St. Michael’s Hospital
Featuring: Dr. Tom Ungar, Psychiatrist-in-Chief,
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIE COOPER
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WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
We know this is an uncertain time. And given recent developments in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, there is understandably some anxiety among our community.
If there’s one thing I know, however, it’s that St. Michael’s Hospital always comes together in times of challenge. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. Our world-class health-care teams have jumped into action. Our relentless scientists are already working on solutions to the pandemic. And the diligence and positivity of our staff, volunteers and donors are reinforcing our efforts. Keeping you and your families safe, healthy and informed is our top priority. An incredible amount of planning has gone into making sure we are ready for COVID-19. This has truly been a team effort. To learn more about some of the measures St. Michael’s Hospital is taking in response, along with important updates for patients and families, please continue to visit our COVID-19 information page.
As always, thank you so much for your support. Together, we will get through this challenge.
President, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation