We spoke with Drs. Paul Das and Joel Lockwood about what you need to know.
What should I expect at the St. Michael’s Assessment Centre?
We prioritize patient and staff safety.
- Line up outside 38 Shuter Street (to minimize your chance of exposure indoors), and maintain a distance of two metres from others.
- Go through the security control entrance.
- Put on a mask.
- Approach the registration desk. You will be guided to an assessment section, where you will be asked about your past medical history, medications and travel history. Staff will take your vitals, and then determine whether you have symptoms.
Then you will be asked to exit or taken to a separate pod for further testing.
Who should go to the Assessment Centre?
Testing is different from what people think. We are testing:
- frontline health-care staff to clear them to go back to work;
- people who were directed here by Public Health;
- members of a vulnerable population, such as those experiencing homelessness or who live in a nursing home, to avoid outbreaks where people live closely together.
What if I don’t meet those criteria?
We likely won’t test you. But we are also an education centre, where you can learn more about COVID-19.
What are the hours?
Open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 2 to 7 p.m. (We close for cleaning between 1:30 and 2 p.m.)
What if I’ve tested positive?
The best course is self-isolation and physically distancing yourself from others to reduce the chances of spreading it.
Should I ever go directly to Emergency?
If you have shortness of breath, chest pain and/or excessive fatigue go to the Emergency Department. If you’re too weak to take care of yourself, come in. How? Call 9-11 because it’s not safe to take public transit or Uber. And please don’t ask a healthy neighbour drive you.
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