Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our region.
As of March 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. eastern standard time.
If you think you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, use this self-assessment tool to help determine if you need further assistance.
Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Peawanuck and Moosonee:
Call the Porcupine Health Unit’s branch in Moosonee
1-705-336-2294 x 326
8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Call the Moose Factory Health Centre
8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
after hours and weekends
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
- difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
What can I do as a community member?
- Wash your hands often, if you’re sick stay home, avoid large gatherings and avoid non-essential travel outside of your community and your region.
- If you are sick with “cold” symptoms, please do not go the emergency department. The emergency department is for emergencies only!
- If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, please call Porcupine Health Unit who will determine whether or not you need testing.
- Screening and testing are being done in the community to reduce the spread of the virus. If you will be or have been tested please self-isolate, this means staying home!
- If you are concerned that you may have the virus and are feeling extremely ill, go to your nearest emergency department or call 911/local emergency services.
- Have your health cards ready in case you or a family member needs to be screened at home.
What is WAHA doing to protect patients, families and staff?
To protect staff and patients we have:
- We are no longer accepting visitors into WAHA buildings. We want to keep our elders, all medical patients, and employees as safe as possible. The visitor restriction includes all non-hospital employees, including caregivers. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for patients who are very ill or approaching end-of-life as determined by the care team.
- Cancelled of all non-essential work-related staff travel.
- Cancelled all non-urgent medical appointments effective immediately. If in question, appointments will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Cancelled all community out-patient clinics effective Wednesday, March 18. There will be alternative options for urgent/emergency issues.
- Closed our dental department except for emergencies effective, March 16.
As of March 18, 2020, our regular appointment clinics are closed until further notice.
However, we will continue to provide care for emergency and medically urgent dental, medical and mental health concerns.
Until further notice, our emergency rooms in Moosonee, Moose Factory, Fort Albany and Attawapiskat are ONLY for emergencies, such as:
|· Chest pain
· Difficulty breathing
· Head trauma
|· Severe bleeding
· Loss of vision
· Loss of consciousness
Urgent Care in Moosonee and Moose Factory
Effective immediately, urgent medical care such as (but not limited to):
|· Back pain
· Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
· Minor headaches
· Ear or sinus pain
· Bladder infections
|· Bumps, cuts and scrapes
· Ear or sinus pain
· Rashes and minor burns
· Yeast infections
· Eye irritation, swelling or pain
will be provided at the Moosonee Health Centre and a newly established Urgent Care Clinic in Moose Factory.
Fort Albany Hospital and Attawapiskat Hospital urgent/emergency care
Urgent and emergency care remain available 24/7. Hospital staff or paramedics at both hospitals will be outside screening patients and any necessary escorts for signs and symptoms of respiratory illnesses prior to entering the hospital.
Medication Refill Clinic (Moose Factory, Weeneebayko General Hospital) Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (use the Family Medicine entrance)
Credible sources of information
Our best defense against COVID-19 is to stay informed and be prepared. We recommend the following are credible sources of information.
- WAHA Facebook Page
- Porcupine Health Unit
- Nishnawbe Aski Nation COVID-19 Response
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Public Health Ontario
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
Help everyone by sharing facts not rumours!