Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 

ExecHealth will remain open and available to its clients during this pandemic. Where possible we are conducting medical appointments virtually (video and telephone) to maintain physical distancing. Infection control protocols are also in place for all in-person medical visits. Please call us at 613-216-3932 if you require medical attention or prescription renewals.

We are also committed to keeping you up-to-date on the most relevant information related to coronavirus. Here is the latest.

 

April 6, 2020.

As cases in Ottawa continue to increase, a new COVID-19 treatment clinic is opening today. The primary function of this clinic is to treat people with symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, fever and cold-like symptoms) that can’t be managed at home. The clinic also has the ability to provide diagnostic testing such as blood testing and chest X-rays on site.

You should attend the COVID-19 clinic if you have escalating symptoms of respiratory disease and are in need of medical attention.

The clinic is located at D.A. Moodie Intermediate School, 595 Moodie  Drive. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note that you should go to the hospital emergency department if you are in distress ( e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms).

The COVID-19 assessment centre continues to operate at Brewer Arena. You should attend the assessment centre if:

  • You have new or worsening cough and/or fever AND
  • In the past 14 days you have either travelled outside of Canada or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please note that treatment is not available at the COVID-19 assessment centre.

 

March 20, 2020.

Coronavirus Update:  https://tinyurl.com/yx3glrsu

 

March 15, 2020.

Last week the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported in Ottawa.  The situation is changing daily. Here is what you need to know.

The Government of Canada has issued a Global Travel Advisory and are advising against non-essential travel outside of Canada.

People who have travelled anywhere outside of Canada are asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon return,  even if you do not have any symptoms.

COVID-19 testing is available ONLY through Ottawa Public Health. A COVID-19 assessment centre is now in operation at Brewer Park Arena.  You do not need a referral and no longer have to call Ottawa Public Health in advance in order to be tested. However, testing will not be done on individuals who do not exhibit respiratory symptoms – regardless of potential exposures. 

It is important to note that

  • you should go to the hospital emergency department  or call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing severe symptoms
  • there is currently no treatment for COVID-19
  • most people with mild symptoms will recover on their own at home
  • children under the age of 6 months showing symptoms should be taken to CHEO

In addition to frequent hand washing and avoiding touching your face, social distancing is your best defense against this virus. It is okay to go about your daily activities, but avoid crowded areas and locations that might expose you to others who may be carrying this virus.

The situation is changing on a daily basis. The most up-to-date information about this outbreak can be found on the Ottawa Public Health website:  www.ottawapublichealth.ca

 

 

March 11, 2020.

The first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in Ottawa.  This first local case coincides with the World Health Organization declaration that coronavirus is now a global pandemic. Here is what you need to know.

Coronavirus can cause very mild to severe illness consisting of fever, and/or cough, other upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath).   Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system as is the case for older people and people with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or lung disease.

Testing for coronavirus is currently being conducted by Ottawa Public Health. Testing is recommended for all persons with fever, cough , or difficulty breathing AND any of the following within 14 days prior to illness onset

  • Travelled internationally or to a Canadian province with established local transmission, or
  • Close contact with a person with an acute respiratory illness who has been travelling internationally or to a Canadian province with established local transmission, or
  • Close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19

Anyone fitting the above criteria should call Ottawa Public Health (613) 580-6744. A public health nurse will evaluate your situation and arrange for COVID-19 testing at a local hospital if necessary.  There are currently no testing centres outside of hospitals.

Routine testing of asymptomatic persons is not recommended by Ottawa Public Health.

There is currently no treatment for this illness.  Patients with coronavirus are quarantined for 14 days.

The situation is changing on a daily basis. The most up-to-date information about this outbreak can be found on the Ottawa Public Health website:  www.ottawapublichealth.ca