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Bancroft Family Health Team issues notice on COVID-19

The Bancroft Family Health Team is reassuring North Hastings that they are preparing during the “rapidly changing landscape.”

The World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic earlier this week. BFHT says they are working to ensure they are prepared as the landscape continues to change as the virus spreads.

The health unit says they are working with public health officials to create a swab clinic outside of the emergency room. An update will be provided once more information is available.

“The virus presents with flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath,” they say. “If you are having flu-like symptoms and you have travelled out of the country or have had contact with someone that has tested positive, you may go to North Hastings Hospital for testing. Once you arrive at the hospital, please sanitize your hands, and put on a face mask, then tell the triage nurse you are there for the coronavirus swab.”

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They add that masks have shown to be useful to help stop the spread of the virus. BFHT says that since they are in short supply, it’s best you leave them for people who need them the most.

“If no mask is available, please keep your distance from others, ideally a minimum of two metres,” they say.

Along with masks, the health team says to wash your hands often and cough into your elbow. “We are also encouraging the community to minimize any non-essential gatherings or events, including hockey games and church,” they add. “It is also prudent to minimize any non-essential travel.”

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