The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), in partnership with
the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), is opening a COVID-19 testing centre in Cornwall
this week. The Community Addiction and Mental Health
Centre, located immediately north of CCH at 850 McConnell Avenue in Cornwall
will be the temporary testing centre location. The centre will be opening on
April 2nd with appointment-only access. Please call the centre
between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to book your
appointment at 613-935-7762.
The aim of the testing centre is to provide access to
COVID-19 testing for EOHU area residents, while reducing the strain on 911, EMS,
primary care and hospital emergency rooms so that they can focus on urgent care.
“We’re hoping that opening the testing centre will
also reduce the risk of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices,
protecting healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19 infection,” says
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.
Testing centre limited to people with moderate, worsening
(but non-severe) symptoms
The EOHU stresses that not everyone who is concerned that
they may have COVID-19 should call the testing centre. Only people who have
worsening, but not severe, COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening
cough) should call for an appointment. Not everyone that calls will be eligible
for an appointment to be tested; the decision to test will be based on the most
current Ministry of Health case definition guidelines: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_testing_clearing_cases_guidance.pdf
Those with mild symptoms that can be managed at home should
not call the centre as they will not be tested. Individuals with mild symptoms
should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the onset of symptoms and notify
those that they may have been in contact with 2 days prior to having symptoms. People
who have symptoms and are age 70 or over, or who have chronic medical
conditions or compromised immune systems should call the EOHU at 613-933-1375
or 1-800-267-7120. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty
breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room.
“Unique to the Cornwall COVID-19 testing
centre, people arriving for testing will be greeted by a Mental Health and
Addiction Counsellor. We recognize that many in our community are feeling
anxiety and stress during this particularly difficult time; we are hopeful that
this support will help,” explains Jeanette Despatie, President and CEO of
Cornwall Community Hospital.
testing centres may also open in the region. The EOHU will notify the public
when these centres become available.
information on the Cornwall COVID-19 testing centre, or on COVID-19 in general,