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General News · 19th March 2020
CCHA Isabelle Laplante RN
The COVID-19 virus sticks on flat surfaces.
• avoiding touching your face and please wash your hands frequently
• wash flat surfaces and all frequently touched surfaces in your homes and work places (door knobs, taps, etc).

An effective and easy cleaning solution is a 9 parts water to 1 part bleach solution. Do wear gloves and protect eyes when handling bleach.

If you cannot access bleach, the clinic can supply small amounts. Please knock on the door and our receptionist will be happy to help you.

The clinic has taken measures to protect our staff and patients by limiting the number of people coming through the clinic. Most non-urgent issues can be handled over the telephone including medication prescription renewals. If you need to come to the clinic we are set up to observe social distancing (recommendation is 2 meters) and we are limiting the number of people in our public spaces.

Another good tip, in case toilet paper supplies are dwindling, is to have a bucket of water or sink close by to rinse and wash hands after wiping following urinating. This method is practiced all over the world.

If you have traveled outside of Canada, it is important to self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you feel fine. It can take up to 2 weeks to develop symptoms, and we want to protect our more vulnerable islanders.

If you suspect you have symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing), self-quarantine and seek advice by calling 1888 COVID19 (811 is very busy).

Dr Ali and our new RN Isabelle Laplante recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Cortes Radio about the COVID-19 Pandemic and its implications for our community. It will be aired on Saturday at 1pm, and the link will be available on Tideline if you miss the show.

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