COVID-19
BCCDC Testing Guidelines

Please follow the current BCCDC guidelines for when to get tested for COVID-19:
When_to_get_tested.pdf (bccdc.ca)

Or complete the online BC Self-Assessment Tool:  https://bc.thrive.health/

 

People experiencing the following symptoms should seek a COVID-19 test right away:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough (Either new onset or worsening/exacerbation of chronic cough)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing

People experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (not related to any other pre-existing conditions) for more than 24 hours should also seek a COVID-19 test:

  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

For those who have had close contact with a COVID-19 case, and have even a single symptom included above, testing is recommended.

To arrange a COVID-19 test, please:

STEP 1)

• Call the Northern Health COVID-19 Hotline for screening.
Northern Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-645-7811

OR

• Book a telephone appointment with a Provider at the Omineca Medical Clinic at 250-567-2201.

STEP 2) If the Hotline staff or the Omineca Medical Clinic Physician recommend that you need testing, your requisition form will be sent directly to St. John Hospital.

The Hotline staff will also instruct you on how your results will be available after testing.

STEP 3) Staff from St. John Hospital will call you to set-up a time for your swab and explain the process to get your swab. Do not show up at the hospital unannounced – you must have arranged for a designated time to be swabbed.

STEP 4) Follow the directions provided by the St. John Hospital staff and get tested at your scheduled time/location etc.

 

What to do if you need medical care in Vanderhoof...

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What to do if you need medical care in Vanderhoof.

 

COVID-19 Information

UPDATED October 7, 2021

» Please read the October 7th Statement from Dr. Janssen, Chief of Staff.

Clinic Information

In spite of the recent increase in COVID cases in our community and the surrounding areas, we are still able to provide some in-person office appointments. We have implemented and continue to follow strict protocols as part of our office COVID safety plan. We are constantly reviewing the COVID-19 updates and recommendations from the Provincial Medical Health Officer and will be ready to adapt our procedures should the need arise. 

  1. Our Providers are still using telephone calls and virtual video appointments to provide patient care as much as possible and where clinically appropriate. Nevertheless, some patients do need to be seen “in-person” and we have started booking patients for office visits for things like surgical consultations, paps, and Driver’s medicals. We have a limited number of “in-office” appointment slots each day which allows us to properly clean and sanitize the exam rooms and other spaces between patients and also allows everyone to practice safe physical distancing in the building.
  2. In most cases, your Provider will determine if you should be seen in-person at the office. We may contact you for an office visit if you are in our recall system for other types of health screening.  If you feel you need an in-person appointment, please call the office ahead to discuss the specifics.
  3. Prenatal appointments are still being scheduled between 8-10 am. Home visits can be arranged for the elderly or for other patients with special circumstances by request.
  4. If you have any concerns or questions about booking appointments or our office protocols, please do not hesitate to contact us at (250) 567-2201. We want to make sure that you get the care you need.

COVID-19 Vaccine News

As we continue to see a surge in cases of COVID-19 in Vanderhoof and across the Northern Health region, new public health orders have been introduced for the Northern Health Authority region as of September 2nd, 2021:  New health measures introduced for Northern Health region | Stories

All people age 12 and up are strongly encouraged to get immunized which will provide the best source of protection against COVID-19. Check the NH website regularly for COVID vaccine clinics, as new pop-up clinics are added frequently.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held at the Vanderhoof Health Unit on the following dates:

Vanderhoof and area (includes Saik'uz First Nation - surrounding communities may differ.

When:

Every Thursday in October - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Vanderhoof Health Unit, 3299 Hospital Rd, Vanderhoof

Who:
12+ booked appointment are priority
Drop-ins welcome, space is limited

To book an appointment:

Go to https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to register and book online.

Or, call the provincial call centre at 1-833-838-2323 for additional help or if you do not have a personal health number.

Your vaccination appointment date, time and location will be given to you upon booking. 

Your appointment will take approximately 10 minutes. Following your immunization, you will be asked to wait an additional 15 minutes in a designated waiting area before leaving the clinic.

Please continue to do all that you can to prevent the spread of the virus as per the current Public Health Orders. Go to the RestartBC website to learn more.

COVID-19 Test Booking Form

There are a few options to book a COVID-19 test. Please go to:
» NH COVID-19 Test Booking Form

» call: NH COVID-19 / Virtual Clinic line (1-844-645-7811)

The Omineca Medical Clinic is trying to offer phone appointments with a Physician or our Nurse Practitioner daily during regular business hours for COVID-19 assessments and for those who feel they need to be tested.  Patients can also call the office to see what is available.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 cases, including confirmed cases of the Delta variant, are increasing in the community and the larger Northern Health region.  As such, the province has implemented some new temporary health orders to manage the COVID activity:  New health measures introduced for Northern Health region | Stories. These measures will stay in place until Northern Health experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.

Our office continues to offer some in-person appointments but telephone and virtual appointments are also still available, as appropriate.  Our front door remains locked and patients will be screened at the door before entry.    A medical grade face mask for in-office appointments is still required for your safety and the safety of others.  You will be provided with a medical mask to wear in our office.

Please call us ahead at (250) 567-2201 to discuss health care needs.  Your Provider will help us determine the most appropriate type of appointment needed. 

The Northern Health Virtual and Primary Care Clinic (COVID-19 hotline) is still operating and those with questions about COVID-19 testing can also call 1-844-645-7811.

Other trusted links for COVID-19 information include:

BC Centre for Disease Control

HealthLink BC COVID-19 page

WHO FAQ

Health Canada FAQ

COVID-19 content in other languages

COVID-19 information and resources

Other Links and Numbers

Northern Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-645-7811

NH COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Download the online Self-Assessment Tool/App » https://bc.thrive.health/

COVID-19 Community Guide » https://www.northernhealth.ca/sites/northern_health/files/health-information/health-topics/coronavirus/documents/covid-19-nh-community-guide.pdf

It is CRITICAL that everyone in community exercise Social Distancing. Download a helpful graphic to learn how.

» For additional up-to-date and factual information on COVID-19 please visit these sites:

Northern Health COVID-19 information website

HealthLink BC FAQ

BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 information website

World Health Organization COVID-19 information website

World Health Organization FAQ

Public Health Agency of Canada

Health Canada FAQ

COVID-19 content in other languages

Resources for Handwashing and Self-isolation

Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus information line:
1-833-784-4397

BC Nurseline: 811

BC Crisis Line: 310-6789 for access 24/7

Letters                       

» Letter from Dr. Rebecca Janssen, Chief of Staff to the community - October 7, 2021.

» Letter from Dr. Rebecca Janssen, Chief of Staff to the community - April 6, 2020.

» Letter from Dr. Rebecca Janssen, Chief of Staff to the community regarding COVID-19 - March 30, 2020.

» Letter from our Physicians to the community regarding COVID-19 - March 23, 2020.