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:
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:
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
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).
Contact: Janet McPherson, Executive Director
Brock Community Health Centre is committed to the safety and well-being of our clients, our staff and the community at large. This includes implementing measures to reduce the risk of dangers like COVID-19. Brock CHC is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and is following updates, guidelines and advice suggested by the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Central East LHIN and the Alliance for Healthier Communities.
Please note that Brock CHC has suspended all community-based programs to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Our Primary Care buildings remain open and we will continue to provide services on an altered schedule to clients for mainly urgent needs only. Clients will be screened upon entrance to any Brock CHC facility and are being asked to pre-screen themselves before attending any appointments. If you have a fever, a new cough or have difficulty breathing, we urge you to stay at home and contact your healthcare provider. [Cannington – 705.432.3388 | Beaverton – 705.426.4636]
Although our community-based programs have been postponed until further notice, Brock Community Health Centre can still respond to questions and concerns you may have about vulnerable individuals in our community. If you have a friend, neighbour or family member that you are worried about, please call 705.432.3322 and ask to speak to Jennifer Josephson, Seniors and Community Health Worker. We are currently looking at practical solutions to assist individuals with accessing food and supplies, assistance with health care questions and connection to other services and supports. We appreciate that this is a challenging time for everyone and are doing our best to respond to all questions and concerns in a timely manner.
For information on COVID-19, including what is the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19), symptoms, self-assessment and how you can protect yourself, please visit our resource page.