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Kincardine COVID-19 assessment centre reducing hours

Officials say volumes have been lower than anticipated

KINCARDINE – The COVID-19 assessment centre in Kincardine is reducing its hours beginning Saturday due to a lower than anticipated number of patients.

As of March 28, the assessment centre will be open from 12-4 p.m. daily.

The assessment centre, which opened on March 19, saw 23 people the first day. That number dropped to 19 on the second day and has averaged 10-13 visitors per day since.

“It’s a good sign that people are heeding the advice of Public Health officials and staying home and isolating if they have mild symptoms,” said Michael Barrett, president and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre. “By reducing the hours of operation for the assessment centre we are confident that we will continue to meet the needs of the community while reserving our health care human resources for when we need it most.”

There are three COVID-19 assessment centres in Grey Bruce – Kincardine, Owen Sound and Hanover. Due to limited supplies, only high-risk patients are tested.

Following screening at an assessment centre, patients are sent home to self-isolate and monitor their symptoms. If the patient is critically ill, they will be hospitalized. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 at fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

Most patients will experience mild symptoms and recover fully, without treatment, within two weeks.

Officials say the assessment centres are for those with COVID-19 symptoms who are having trouble managing them at home. Before visiting an assessment centre, those with symptoms are asked to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online COVID-19 self-assessment tool to evaluate your symptoms – www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
  2. If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, do not go to the assessment centre.
  3. If you have mild symptoms, and you can manage at home, stay home and self-isolate. Do not go to the assessment centre. Information on self-isolation, as well as guidance for care givers and family members in the home, is available here: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
  4. If you have symptoms, and are struggling at home, go to an assessment centre.
  5. If you are very ill, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.