MHC to introduce home testing for COVID-19

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Article from the Manitoulin Expositor

MHC in partnership with Manitoulin-Sudbury Paramedic Services,  are now providing COVID-19 testing in the home setting by the  COVID-19 Paramedic Response Team for Manitoulin Island residents who are unable to travel to one of the two assessment centers.  The process for booking a swab through the paramedicine visit is the same as the assessment centers.  Home visits are by appointment only.

Individuals must call MHC (Mindemoya 705-377-5311, Little Current 705-368-2300) and follow the telephone prompts to the COVID-19 Assessment Line where a nurse will speak with them.  The Assessment Line will answer calls between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily (seven days a week).  The COVID-19 Paramedic Response Team performs home testing Monday to Friday and the COVID-19 Assessment Centers are open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm.

MHC will be testing more people for COVID-19 in the coming weeks.  Patients with ANY of the following symptoms must call the MHC Assessment line:

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat
  • New onset or worsening fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New onset or worsening cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

*If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

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The Municipality of Central Manitoulin is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island with an abundance of lakes, rivers, and beaches. The Municipality includes the villages and hamlets of Mindemoya, Providence Bay, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake. We offer diverse attractions and unique landmarks such as our sandy beach in Providence Bay or access to Lake Manitou, the largest lake on the island. We invite you to visit our community in the "heart" of Manitoulin Island. 

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