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Bancroft Family Health Team urging residents to call their office if they notice COVID-19 symptoms

Instead of going to the Bancroft Family Health Team’s office, they are urging residents to call them if they notice COVID-19 symptoms.

“We would like people to stay at home, self-isolate for 14 days and call our office and speak to a nurse if they have any concerns,” Executive Director Sandra McGrath says. The symptoms include a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.

If you have a severe fever or difficulty breathing, she suggests going to the emergency department at the North Hastings Hospital. Put on a mask and sanitize your hands when you arrive,” McGrath says. “Inform them that you need to be screened for coronavirus.”

McGrath says Tylenol is the best medication to use for fever and any aches related to the viral illness. “We currently do not recommend anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or meloxicam for these purposes,” she adds.

While the BFHT is still seeing patients, McGrath says it’s only in urgent situations. “We want to make sure we are not exposing people to the virus,” she adds. “If you do need medical attention and it’s not something that’s an emergency please call us and we will make arrangements to see your primary care provider.”

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