COVID Voluntary Testing Resources

by Dr. Justine Taylor

General Testing Comments

OGVG members should endeavour to make testing available to any of their employees who are interested. Details on testing facilities can be found below. We caution that testing is only one aspect of a comprehensive prevention and control strategy, and we continue to advise you to adhere to strict workplace policies. These policies include physical distancing where possible, use of physical barriers, increased sanitation and PPE use. We also support operational changes, such as staggered shifts, amenity scheduling, additional on-farm services and cohorting or bubbling of your workforce (see PHAC Guidance). These measures are in addition to a robust workplace communication strategy, screening and monitoring protocols for all employees and visitors, and a comprehensive response plan, if positive detections are made on-farm. Further information on public health and workplace planning can be found on the OGVG website.

We urge you to discuss the benefits of testing with your workforce and to recognize there will be fears and stigma associated with testing and positive test results. It is important you reassure your workers that they will receive support while in Canada if they are found to be COVID positive. It is also important to recognize that there may be cultural fears related to institutionalized medicine, these must be addressed. Both OGVG and OMAFRA have developed posters to help encourage employees to undergo testing. They are available in multiple languages. It is CRITICAL that all employees be encouraged to report ANY symptoms as soon as possible and that these should be immediately reported to the health unit. Early detection is the key to avoiding spread.

A reminder that testing is voluntary and that only the Health Unit can compel someone to undergo testing. Employees can not be forced to be tested.


COVID-19 Assessment Centres

Please check your regional health unit for more information on assessment centers in your region.


Essex County Resources

Erie Shores HealthCare Testing Guidance

While the testing center is no longer open, the following video (in English and Spanish) can be shared with your workforce for more details on the testing process. ESHC Testing FAQs

COVID-19 Assessment Centre-City of Windsor

Windsor’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at the Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus with its entrance off Goyeau Street (located to the left of the Emergency Department entrance). Please note there is NO access from the main hospital into the Assessment Centre. All access is from the entrance off Goyeau Street.

There will be no medication or treatment onsite at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

HOURS
Every day (Monday to Sunday)
9AM to 4PM

LOCATION
Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor
Entrance from Goyeau Street, to the left of the Emergency Department

COVID-19 Assessment Centre: Town of Leamington

Essex County’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC) at the ambulatory clinic off Fader Street in a segregated area next to the ESHC emergency department. Please note, there will be NO access into the main hospital from this entrance and NO access to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre directly from the main hospital.  The only point of access is from the entrance off Fader Street.

There will be no medication or treatment onsite at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

HOURS
Every day (Monday to Sunday)
8AM to 4PM (there will be no new assessments after 3:30 p.m.)

LOCATION
Erie Shores HealthCare
194 Talbot Street West, Leamington
Entrance from Fader Street, segregated area next to the Emergency Department

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