As announced last week, Premier Ford wants more people in Ontario to get tested for COVID-19. As the province gradually beings to open up, increased testing will allow for more tracing and management of cases.
Testing is now available to anyone who is symptomatic (has at least one symptom of COVID-19), as well as those who are asymptomatic but are concerned they may be at risk (those who have been exposed to someone with or suspected of having COVID-19, or due to employment). Across our County, resident may be wondering where they should go to get tested.
Testing is not being done in the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH)’s Emergency Department.
“We are supportive of the testing initiative and process of the Renfrew County Paramedics and Public Health in conjunction with the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (RC VTAC)”, said Janna Hotson, Chief Nursing Executive and COVID-19 Response Team Lead.
Hotson emphasized that, “this method of community testing minimizes individual contact and helps avoids potential spread of the virus to health care providers and patients. Having testing completed in the community, rather than in the hospital, ensures physical distance between those who may be ill and other patients”.
DRDH would like to remind our community that the Emergency Department remains open for emergency care, and we encourage all residents to first consider contacting their primary care provider or RC VTAC for any medical needs that are not of an emergent nature.
COVID-19 testing is being offered at various locations in communities across our region through the RC VTAC. If you would like to be tested, you are asked to:
• Contact the RC VTAC at 1-844-727-6404
• Wear a face mask or covering when you go to be tested
• Bring your health card and driver’s license
Below is the current test schedule, but please check the RC VTAC website at rcvtac.ca for updates or changes.