Coronavirus COVID-19 information

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Symptoms and Response

Many symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 are similar to those of a viral illness.

Typically, symptoms include fever (over 38º Celsius) and/or the onset or worsening of a cough. In some cases, symptoms can include muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat and/or runny nose.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has, use the self-assessment tool from the Ontario Ministry of Health to help determine next steps. Based on the screen you may be advised to continue physical distancing, self-isolate and monitor, or contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1.866.797.0000 OR your primary care provider. For students, your primary care provider may be Student Wellness Services at 613.533.2506.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel/contact history.

Recent travelers: As of Mar. 25, 2020, all individuals who are returning from any travel outside of Canada are to self-isolate for 14 days, in accordance with the federal government's Quarantine Act, and to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. This recommendation is retroactive for any individuals that have returned from travel outside of Canada (e.g., if you returned 7 days ago, you would self-isolate for the next 7 days). This advisory is being put in place in order to reduce potential exposure to the community if an individual develops COVID-19 illness, continue to self-isolate and contact your local health care provider.

If you have attended a conference or event recently and have been told one of the attendees has tested positive for COVID-19, public health authorities advise that you should monitor yourself for respiratory illness and continue preventative measures (as listed in our Prevention section below).  If you develop symptoms, then stay home, self-isolate and call TeleHealth or your primary care provider for advice.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Kingston)

A community based COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now open at the Memorial Centre in Kingston. It is set up to assess returning travelers, as well as community residents, who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

For those who need to access it, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre will operate 7 days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Large signage will direct people to the main entrance, just off York Street. Due to limited availability, testing will be reserved for high risk groups and not everyone who attends the clinic will be tested.

Further Resources:

  • KFL&A Public Health

  • TeleHealth Ontario at 1.866.797.0000

  • Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506 (for students)

Social Isolation for Travelers

Watch this helpful video for recent travelers from KFL&A Public Health

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