The Dryden Regional Health Centre is reminding the community that anyone is able to get tested for COVID-19 whether they’re experiencing symptoms or not, or if they’re worried that they’ve been exposed to the virus.

President and CEO of the Dryden Regional Health Centre, Doreen Armstrong-Ross, explains that residents won’t need a referral for the test, which will be available at the DRHC’s Assessment Centre.

“The direction from the province is to have testing available for people, even if they don’t have symptoms. You don’t need a referral. You can just call or email the Assessment Centre to book an appointment to come and get tested.”

“If you are somebody who is concerned about possible contact with COVID-19, or you’re in a working area where you do come in contact with people, you should get tested.”

COVID-19 testing is available to individuals who are:

- Symptomatic – most common symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle ache, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose.

- Asymptomatic – without symptoms, but concerned about exposure to known or potential cases of COVID-19,

- Asymptomatic and have risk from exposure in the line of duty – essential workers, frontline workers, healthcare workers, etc.

Residents who want to be tested are required to book an appointment at the assessment centre by emailing assess@drhc.on.ca, or by calling 807-223-3737.

The Dryden Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at the Dingwall Medical Clinic Building at 40 Goodall Street, and can be entered from the first exterior entrance on the left. Residents should not enter the Dingwall Medical Clinic.

Over 6,700 COVID-19 tests have been taken in the northwestern Ontario area. 27 of those cases were confirmed to be positive, and 22 of them are now considered as resolved. There are 5 active cases in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area.

As well, the hospital began to gradually reopen clinical services and elective surgeries this week, that were cancelled in March due to the pandemic.

Clinical services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diagnostics, general surgery, primary care, mental health and addictions, and anaesthesia clinics will follow a phased-in reintroduction of services, with guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Northwestern Health Unit.

“We do still need to maintain physical distancing in the organization, so you’ll probably see a lot of changes in where you’re expected to wait and how appointments will be booked,” added Armstrong-Ross.

The DRHC notes that whenever and wherever possible, staff will continue to reach out and provide virtual care to patients. Individuals waiting for in-person services will be contacted by the DRHC to book appointments.

A further phase-in of specialty surgeries and services, including orthopaedics, gynacology, plastics, otolaryngology, and rheumatology is expected later in the summer season.

The DRHC asks all visitors to wear a COVID-19 face mask at all times.

For more information:
DRHC to resume suspended services
Non-essential surgeries expected to resume soon, DRHC