COVID-19 and Brock CHC
Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) is committed to the health and wellbeing of our community. We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking every precaution to keep our staff, clients, volunteers and community members safe. We continue to follow updates, guidelines and advice as outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Health and the Alliance for Healthier Communities.
Dr. Zahra Bardai, Physician at Brock CHC, has been providing leadership to the organization’s pandemic planning team for weeks. She stated, “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transformed our health services delivery. During these challenging times, we are here for our Brock community, ensuring that every member we interact with is protected, informed, guided, assessed and treated to the best of our abilities.”
While we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, all Brock CHC community-based programs have been suspended. We are investigating alternate ways to deliver these programs and will be reaching out to all our clients with “wellness calls” to connect with those who may need assistance or information. We continue to provide in-person primary care services on a reduced schedule to clients for urgent triaged needs. All other appointments are being made by telephone or video conferencing if possible or rescheduled to a later date. Recognizing the changing needs of our local population, we are developing practical solutions to assist the community with accessing food and supplies, answering health care questions and connecting to other services and supports.
“We all have an important role to play in successfully managing our current circumstances,” stressed Dr. Bardai. “It is a time when each of us brings our strengths and talents to the common goal of practicing social separation, important hygiene strategies, as well as helping family, neighbours and friends without physically being in touch. We are incredibly fortunate to live in times where the public health response is strong and connection to each other accessible via virtual contact. The goodwill response within our community has been tremendous. It is the backbone that will enable us to cope and come out on the other side of this pandemic.”
Minimizing the Risk
Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
Practice Physical Distancing
With the rise in COVID-19 cases from community transmission, everyone in the community should be practicing physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people and slow the spread of the disease. Practice physical distancing by:
- avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- difficulty breathing
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- runny nose
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate at home and seek clinical assessment over the phone. Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).
For the latest information on COVID-19, see the Ontario Government’s COVID-19 page (https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus).