Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Updates for Lakeridge Health

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Second Dose Bookings for High-Risk Health Care Workers

Following provincial guidance, high-risk health care workers are now eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the extended four-month interval. Eligibility Guidelines for second dose bookings.

Please Note:
If you do not meet the criteria listed above, please keep your scheduled 2nd dose appointment date as you are not eligible and will be turned away at the clinic.  

If you are eligible, you will receive an email from the clinic where you received your first dose. A new appointment date and time will be issued to you. Please ensure the date and time is  at least 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) from your first appointment.

Attention:
First responders may book at the Oshawa clinic, and those who received the Pfizer vaccine at the Whitby clinic will be booked at another Durham region clinic that is administering the Pfizer vaccine.

Long-term Care and Retirement Home Staff and essential caregivers should touch base with their home’s leadership regarding mobile vaccine clinics being offered.

If you are eligible, but have not received an email by May 17, please contact the clinic where you received your first dose:

  • Oshawa – oshawavaccine@lh.ca
  • Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Clarington, Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge clinics: 1-888-444-5113

NEW Vaccine Pop-up Clinic opening April 22 for Ajax and Pickering Hot Spots

Who

Residents 18 and older, living in Ajax and Pickering “Hot Spot” postal code areas: L1S, L1T, L1V, L1X and L1Z.

Where

Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Road, Ajax.

When

  • April 22, 23, 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • April 25 until May 28, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

How

Appointment Only. Book through our COVID Vaccine booking page or by calling 905-721-4828.

Bring

Proof of age and address.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Durham Region’s Vaccine page and the Ministry of Heath’s COVID-19.

Temporary Service Updates due to COVID-19

Following provincial directives and guided by our surge capacity plans, here are the most current service updates related to COVID-19:

Non-urgent and Non-emergency surgeries and services

At this time, we are curtailing all non-urgent and non-emergency services to protect our ability to provide urgent and emergency care. This ramp down also includes services such as X-rays, bloodwork, rehabilitation, and other outpatient procedures.

Emergency surgeries will continue, as well as prioritized time-sensitive surgeries, such as cancer surgeries. Read more in our latest Letter to the Community.

Obstetrics - Port Perry Hospital

We have temporarily suspended routine obstetrics services at Port Perry Hospital’s New Life Centre. Pregnant patients under the care of Family Medicine at the Port Perry Hospital will be transferred to the care of Family Medicine at the Oshawa Hospital.

Any pregnant patient in North Durham who needs emergency obstetric care will receive care at the Port Perry Hospital. Ajax Pickering Hospital’s birthing unit continues to operate as per usual. Read more about the service changes at Port Perry Hospital.

Inpatient Mental Health at Ajax Pickering Hospital

Thirteen (13) beds within the 3W inpatient general mental health unit will temporarily transition to a COVID-19 unit, supporting both COVID-19 and mental health patients.
Patients admitted to this unit will be transferred to Ontario Shores to continue their care.
Ajax Pickering Hospital will continue to operate a six-bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Paediatrics

The majority of paediatric patients will be transferred to Sick Kids Hospital, with the following exceptions:

  • Ajax Pickering Hospital paediatrics unit will continue to provide care to infants requiring phototherapy.
  • Oshawa Hospital paediatrics unit will also provide this service, as well as admit youth patients seeking care for eating disorders.

We will continue to provide emergency and urgent care to any paediatric patient in Durham Region.

We know these updates will be disruptive for many people. However, we are assessing our capacity needs daily and are hopeful we can resume these services soon.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccines in Durham Region

Receiving the vaccine helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We encourage all residents in Durham Region to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine, please visit Durham Region's Vaccine page. If you are eligible for your shot and are looking to book an appointment, please visit Durham Vaccine Appointment page.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Durham Region’s Vaccine page and the Ministry of Heath’s COVID-19.

May Long Weekend Assessment Centre Hours of Operation

  • Ajax Pickering Hospital - Friday, May, 21 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, May, 22 and Sunday, May 23 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, May 24 - CLOSED.
  • Clarington Assessment Centre - Friday, May 21 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, May 24 - CLOSED.
  • Downtown Oshawa Assessment Centre - Friday, May 21 - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, May 22,  Sunday, May 23 and Monday, May 24 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Durham Manor Pickering Assessment Centre - Friday, May 21 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, May, 22 and Sunday, May 23 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, May 24 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Pickering Assessment Centre - Friday, May 21 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, May 22 9 a.m. -5 p.m.,  Sunday, May 23 - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday CLOSED
  • Port Perry Assessment Centre - Friday, May 21 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, May 22, Sunday, May 23  and Monday, May 24 - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Whitby Assessment Centre - Friday, May 21 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, May 24 - 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
No walk-in patients are accepted. Patients will be contacted by the Assessment Centre based on the results of their assessment form.

Testing for Travel

After December 11, 2020. We will no longer offer COVID-19 tests for travel, including domestic and international trips. This change is based on provincial guidance.

Some commercial COVID-19 testing sites may test travelers for a fee. If you require a test for travel, please explore these options in your community. Please also consult your travel carrier’s guidelines and the Government of Canada Travel Website for requirements to your destination. If a COVID-19 is required, please budget ample time for testing and to receive results prior to your departure.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

If you are concerned that you have COVID-19 or that you may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000, your primary care provider or complete the online self-assessment tool to determine what to do. If you need urgent medical care, please call 911.

What do to if I’m asymptomatic and have been exposed?

Regarding asymptomatic community members who have been exposed: They are encourage to be tested 7 days from their exposure.

Close contacts who develop symptoms should be tested/re-tested as soon as possible:

  • Close contacts without symptoms who have had ongoing exposure to the case (e.g. live in same house or worked together on multiple days) should be tested as soon as possible.
  • Close contacts without symptoms who did not have ongoing exposure or only had contact to the case on a specific occasion should be tested 7 days from your last exposure to the case.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Locations in Durham

Durham Regions COVID-19 Assessment Centres are located at:

  • Ajax Pickering Hospital - 580 Harwood Ave South
  • Beaverton - 360 Bay Street
  • Clarington - Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex - 2440 Durham Regional Hwy 2
  • Downtown Oshawa (Parking Garage) - 1 Mary Street
  • Pickering - 1101 Kingston Road, unit 140
  • Pickering - Durham Manor Pickering Assessment Centre - 1970 Brock Rd
  • Port Perry - Prince Albert Hall - 19 Jeffery St.
  • Sunderland - 120 River Street
  • Whitby Haydenshore Pavillion - 589 Water Street

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Hours of Operation

  • Ajax Pickering Hospital - Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Beaverton Assessment Centre - Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Clarington Assessment Centre - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday,
    Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Downtown Oshawa Assessment Centre - Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday and
    Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Durham Manor Pickering Assessment Centre - Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
    Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pickering Assessment Centre - Monday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
    Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Port Perry Assessment Centre - Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
    Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Sunderland Assessment Centre - Monday's 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Whitby Assessment Centre - Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

No walk-in patients are accepted. Patients will be contacted by the Assessment Centre based on the results of their assessment form.

Accessing a COVID-19 Test in Durham Region

To ensure people who are most in need of a COVID-19 test receive one, we are only testing individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria in a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. **NEW** If this applies to you, please complete the assessment form:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Were told by public health or notified by the COVID-19 Alert APP that they were exposed to the virus;
  • Work or live in a place where there is an outbreak and were told by public health to get a COVID-19 test;
  • Work or reside in a long-term care home, shelter, retirement home, group home or other congregate care/shared living settings;
  • Were identified as part of a targeted guidance as directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care or by public health*

Are you eligible for a COVID-19 Testing (flow-chart)

 Are you eligible for a COVID-19 Test poster

Need help scheduling a test?

If you do not have a computer or WiFi, contact DRHD for assistance at 1-800-841-2729. Your appointment will be booked at one of the COVID-19 Assessment Centres listed below. Anyone who is seriously ill or in medical distress should call 911 and be seen at one of our Emergency Departments.

On September 24, 2020 the Ontario government released new guidelines related to COVID-19 testing. In alignment with the new provincial guidelines on COVID-19 testing, all Durham Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres have shifted away from asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) testing. If you do not meet the criteria, but still want a COVID-19 test, please visit Ontario's COVID Test page for more detailed information about testing.

Testing at Pharmacies

Some pharmacies now offer COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms who need a COVID-19 test. Please visit Ontario's COVID Test page for information on whether you are eligible for testing, how to book a test and for pharmacy locations near you.

To help prevent the spread of communicable illnesses such as the flu, colds or COVID-19, we encourages everyone to continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures including wearing a face covering; frequent handwashing; and maintaining physical distance from those outside their household or social circle and downloading the COVID Alert mobile app. Download on Ontario's COVID Test page.

Waiting for your Test?

Individuals typically receive results from their test in 5 - 7 days. However, the wait time can vary and may take longer. If individuals are unable to find their results through Ontario.ca after this period of time, they can call the COVID Assessment Centre results line at 905-721-4842.

 

Last Updated: April 16, 2021