COVID-19 Testing Coming to Neyaashiinigmiing

Testing Site Important Details

Where: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School
When: Tuesdays, May 12-26, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bring: Health Card, if available

In partnership with Grey Bruce Public Health, an on-site testing centre will be set up at Kikendaasogamig Elementary School beginning Tuesday, May 12, and operating every Tuesday for the following two weeks. Nawash Health Centre staff will be present at all times. 

At this time, the testing centre will only be testing Neyaashiinigmiing residents who may have symptoms of COVID-19. The testing centre will have both walk-in and drive-through options.

Anyone who receives a test will be required to self-isolate until the test results are returned in 3 – 4 days. If the test result is positive, you will be required to maintain self-isolation until you are free of the virus.

Again, note that not every resident will be tested. At this time, testing priority is being given to clients with symptoms first. Symptoms of COVID-19 are subtle in many people. If you aren’t sure if you are experiencing symptoms, we encourage you to complete a self assessment on the Province of Ontario website.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or sneezing
  • Nasal congestion or stuffy nose
  • Hoarse voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Digestive issues – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain

If you require a home visit to assess your symptoms, contact SpringDawn/CHN at 519-378-6028 or Cynthia Porter/HCC Nurse at 519-534-0373.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, go to the nearest emergency department.

When you arrive at the testing centre, please be ready to share the following information:

  • Name
  • Address and phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Health Card, if you have one

Staff will be wearing protective gear. You will be asked to:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear the face mask provided.
  • Describe your symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, tired, etc).

A Grey Bruce Public Health Nurse will take a swab sample as follows:

  • You will tip your head back.
  • A swap will be inserted into your nose and stay there for 10-15 seconds. This will feel uncomfortable.
  • You will be given instructions on how to self-isolate and how to get your test results.

The testing centre is an important part of monitoring the health of the community during the pandemic, and will allow us to respond quickly should a case of COVID-19 appear in Neyaashiinigmiing. Our Health staff have the full support of the Council and are doing everything possible to keep the community safe during the pandemic. We are grateful for the immense patience and support of our residents. 

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