Dr. Janet De Mille – Thunder Bay District Health Unit Update April 22, 2020

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Dr. DeMille, Medical Officer of Health, provides an update on the situation in the Thunder Bay District.

Specifically, she focuses on:

* Our current situation and numbers.

* Monday’s update at the provincial level.

* Key areas of focus for public health over the coming days and weeks.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Spots Available This Weekend

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU), in partnership with the Superior North EMS Community Paramedicine Program, will be conducting COVID-19 testing this weekend at the TBDHU office at 999 Balmoral Street, in Thunder Bay.

This testing will take place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2020. Appointment times are available, individuals with ANY of the symptoms listed below are encouraged to contact the TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or 1-888-294-6630 and they will be considered for testing this weekend.

Until further notice testing is available for anyone who has ANY of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • new or worsening cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscles aches
  • loss of appetite
  • sore throat/hoarse voice
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste and smell
  • diarrhea

COVID-19 symptoms can be mild to severe

“I am encouraging people in the Thunder Bay area who are experiencing symptoms – whether they think they have COVID or not – to call TBDHU and arrange for testing. Even those with mild symptoms will be assessed for an appointment,” says Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health.

The testing will be completed while individuals remain in their vehicle. Further instructions will be provided at the time of booking. Appointments are required for testing. Walk-ins will not be seen. Please DO NOT present yourself at the TBDHU office.

Test results are available directly from the provincial laboratory system through an online portal. This Online Portal to access COVID-19 test results was launched on Sunday by the Government of Ontario and offers fast and secure access to test results on a computer or mobile device.

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