Got COVID symptoms? Don’t visit the clinic!

Call 811

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

You might think if you are feeling sick, the Family Care Clinic in Slave Lake is the right place to go.

In normal times, yes; but not now. Thanks to COVID, the rules are different and from what both town and M.D. councils heard last week, the message needs to get out.

Town councillor Joy McGregor told her colleagues at town council’s Jan. 12 meeting there have been some problems.

“If you have COVID symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID, don’t go to the hospital or clinic,” she said. “Call 811 and they will tell you what to do.”

What’s been happening, apparently, is people with symptoms have been showing up and seeking help or appointments. But the rules are clear: if you have the symptoms, you shouldn’t be there. It’s too risky.

One measure management has taken against this risk is to close off access to the rest of the hospital from the clinic waiting room. If you’re visiting the lab, you need to call ahead for an appointment. When the time comes, you have to get to the lab via the emergency entrance. And of course wearing a mask is required under any circumstances.

The message was echoed by councillors Becky Peiffer and Darcie Acton at the M.D. of Lesser Slave River council meeting on Jan. 13.

“You can’t just show up,” Acton said. “There’s a protocol. Call 811.”

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