Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**This is updated as of March 23, 2020. For the most up to date information, please see https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ or the other links below.

We understand that you likely have many concerns and questions regarding COVID-19. The team at Clover Medical Clinic is dedicated to providing our patients with the most comprehensive care we can during this time. This means that we are continually adjusting the day-to-day operations of the clinic as information on this novel illness evolves. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time.

***If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, please do not come into the clinic.

When to seek help:

Symptoms:

Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia.

The severity can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, infection can lead to death. Current information suggests most people don’t experience severe illness or need to be hospitalized.

What to do if you think you might have come in contact with COVID-19:

If you’ve travelled:

The Province of Nova Scotia, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, is requiring anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they get back to the province, even if they do not have symptoms.

If you’ve travelled recently and you develop a fever and/or new cough, you should call 811 for assessment.

When to call 811:

Not everyone who has concerns about COVID-19 needs to call 811. To find out if you need to call, use the COVID-19 online self-assessment.

Testing:

Nova Scotia Health Authority has established COVID-19 assessment centres. If you need in-person assessment, 811 will refer you to a centre. Don't go to a COVID-19 assessment centre unless 811 referred you.

Self isolation:

If you are returning from travel outside Nova Scotia, you are directed to self-isolate for 14 days from the day you get back to the province, even if you do not have symptoms.

This means:

  • go directly home; avoid work, school or other public areas

  • limit contact with people you live with, if you have symptoms

  • use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible, if you have symptoms

  • take and record your temperature daily and avoid fever reducing medications (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen)

  • call 811 if you have a fever and/or new cough

  • make plans to have groceries and other supplies delivered

  • avoid anyone with chronic conditions, compromised immune system or older adults

  • do not have visitors to your home

  • do not use public transit/taxi

In your home:

  • keep shared spaces (e.g. kitchens, bathrooms) clean and well ventilated

  • use soap and water to clean dishes and utensils after each use

  • clean door handles, light switches, railings, remotes, and other high-touch areas daily

  • clean your home and household items with store bought disinfectant or diluted bleach (one part bleach to nine parts water)

  • wash clothes, and linens using regular laundry soap and water (60-90°C).

  • do not share personal items (toothbrushes, clothing, towels, drinks, etc.)

  • if available, use disposable gloves and protective clothing (e.g. plastic aprons) when cleaning anything soiled with bodily fluids

Protect yourself:

  • wash your hands with soap and water regularly or use hand sanitizer

  • cough into your sleeve or tissue and discard immediately

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth

Safe activities if no symptoms (while keeping your distance from others):

  • sitting on your deck or balcony

  • yard work

The Government of Canada has additional resources about how to self isolate and how to care for someone with COVID-19.

 

Please visit the following websites for accurate, up-to-date information on Covid-19:

Novel coronavirus in Nova Scotia:

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19):

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/know-facts-about-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Information from the Government of Canada on COVID-19:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Self monitoring, Self Isolation and Isolation:

http://files.clickdimensions.com/doctorsnscom-alxjp/documents/know-difference-self-monitoring-isolation-covid-19-eng1.pdf?_cldee=c2FuZGkuZWxsc3dvcnRoQGRhbC5jYQ%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-249cc4d807cce5119400005056a904d2-9885cc051e9547f3a81508d7e95d5319&esid=a8708a8d-536d-ea11-943f-005056884853

Appointment Changes:

Clover Medical remains open with limited in-person appointments and interactions, in order to encourage social distancing. We ask you not to present yourself in person unless specifically instructed to do so by a staff member.

Please assume your appointment is a phone appointment unless explicitly instructed by your physician to present in person for an appointment. Routine prenatal and well baby assessments will continue as scheduled in-person.

Each patient (including prenatal) needs to come to the appointment alone, unless the patient needs assistance for mobility purposes or after a recent childbirth/c-section. In the case of minors, one guardian is allowed with them only.

Duty Clinic is cancelled until further notice.

If you are calling the clinic regarding an already booked appointment between now and April 30th, a staff member will be contacting you. If you are calling to cancel your upcoming appointment, please leave a message on the cancellation line. 

If you are looking to book a future appointment that you feel is not medically urgent or essential at this time, we kindly ask that you please check back with the clinic in May.

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