• Candice Vetter

Update on COVID-19 for March 21

Candice Vetter

Winchester and District Memorial Hospital in Winchester, in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, is planning for the opening of a COVID-19 Assessment Centre for the exclusive purpose of COVID-19 assessments. Currently, however, there is no planned opening date, as WDMH is seeing a very small number of patients with symptoms.

If it opens the Assessment Centre will be in the Lions Club hall on Albert Street. Signage will be in place regarding entrances and parking. This centre will help keep the Emergency Department for emergencies. The site will be operated by WDMH staff and physicians and primary care physicians from our community.

More details about the Assessment Centre will be provided as planning unfolds.

In the meantime, If you think you may have Coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) and have travelled, or believe you have been in contact with an infected person, please call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your family physician or the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (1-800-267-7120).

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at For the latest updates from WDMH, please visit

Learning at home

The Province of Ontario launched the first phase Learn at Home, a new online portal that provides resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed.

Learn at Home offers made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French. Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

For students who do not have access to a computer, work is underway, in conjunction with school boards, to provide the necessary technology to everyone who needs it.

Note there are numerous other sources of educational materials appearing on Facebook and other social media platforms all the time. Children, teens and adults can now access courses ranging from learning to play an instrument to language lessons to math and science to play dough recipes. See

In Orleans

The Orléans Urgent Care Clinic remains open for evaluation of non- respiratory illnesses.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic the patient volume at the Orléans Urgent Care Clinic has significantly decreased. The Clinic has doctors and nurses available now for evaluation of many non-Coronavirus related medical problems such as trauma, including laceration and fracture management, work related injuries, Ontario Licence renewal exams, as well as  evaluation of other medical issues such as abdominal pain, Infections, rashes, and medication issues.

Canadian Diagnostic Network continues to provide X-rays and Ultrasound examinations to non-Covid patients referred from our clinic.  Our LifeLabs and Beauséjour Pharmacy partners also remains open at our shared location, 1220 Place D’Orléans Drive, Orléans.

No appointment is necessary. Patients will be triaged upon arrival as we must unfortunately exclude Covid-19 patients. The OUCC does not offer Coronavirus Testing or management.

Here we repeat public health contact numbers during the epidemic.

Government of Ontario Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, the province’s COVID-19)web page will be updated including the status of cases in Ontario. Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 Ottawa Public Health 613-580-6744 Government of Canada:

Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region: Distress: 613-238-3311 Crisis: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991.

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