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Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Opens In Barrie

Barrie | by Matt Sitler  

The assessment centre is located in the rear building of the Eagle Ridge complex and is not at the Huronia Urgent Care Clinic.

In order to meet the growing needs of area residents with medical concerns related to COVID-19, a dedicated assessment centre has been opened at 490 Huronia Road, Barrie. 

The assessment centre is located in the rear building of the Eagle Ridge complex and is not at the Huronia Urgent Care Clinic.

This week (Monday, March 16 to Sunday March 22), the assessment centre hours are as follows:

Monday, March 16: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 to Sunday, March 22: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Please Note - It is NOT a walk-in clinic

It is ONLY for assessment of COVID-19 – but this does NOT include the swab test – the swab test is NOT needed for those with mild symptoms – which at this time is the majority of people seeking treatment/assessment

Patients who are assessed, and deemed at high risk for COVID-19 will be re-directed to RVH Emergency department for the next assessment, which would likely include a swab; this is expedited in a designated area.

Physicians at the assessment centre WILL NOT be providing ‘return to work’ notes – that is not the function of this clinic. They will provide instructions to patients to either self-monitor or self-isolate based on that assessment

For the most part, people with symptoms of COVID-19 can and will safely recover at home and the self-isolation period is so they don’t pass it along to others

Physicians at this clinic will not be writing prescriptions

Please DRESS WARMLY / APPROPRIATELY as some of the wait may be outside of the building to ensure appropriate social distancing

*Please note, there may be lengthy waits at the assessment centre and your patience is appreciated. If you have a valid Ontario health card, please bring it with you, as it will expedite your
visit.

At the assessment centre, you will be seen by a healthcare professional, who will provide you with the necessary care and instructions for follow up, if required. The swab test for COVID-19 is not being provided at the assessment centre; however, should the healthcare team determine that you require a swab, you will receive further information.

This assessment centre is a partnership between the Barrie Community Health Centre, Barrie and Community Family Medicine Clinics, Barrie and Community Family Health Team, Huronia Urgent Care Clinic, County of Simcoe, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

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