The Omicron variant is fueling the latest wave of COVID-19 diagnoses, resulting in record numbers of cases in our province. You are advised to seek testing if you are experiencing unexplained new or worsening symptoms (even mild symptoms) that may include one or more of the following:
muscle and/or joint aches and pains
loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children)
loss of sense of taste or smell
shortness of breath
It is recommended to have COVID-19 Rapid Antigen tests available at home in case you develop symptoms. These kits are available free of charge at multiple local locations. Click HERE to find the most convenient location for you. PCR testing is available at the COVID Testing Site. For more information, call 811 or speak to a physician. To learn more about where to pursue COVID-19 testing, click HERE.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you will be advised to self isolate. The length of your isolation will vary depending on your vaccination status. For more information, click HERE.
Health Canada suggests creating a COVID-19 Supply Kit. In the event you do fall ill, it is recommended to have the following items on hand:
Over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to reduce fever.
Tissues and disposable paper towels
Fluids to prevent dehydration from gastrointestinal side effects
Hand santizer, dish soap, hand soap and other cleaning supplies such as alcohol wipes for commonly touched surfaces and electronics
According to the World Health Organization, mild cases of COVID-19 can be treated symptomatically, much in the same way you would treat any other cold- with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medication.
Health Canada assures that the majority of mild to moderate cases clear up within a week.
If you develop severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, new onset confusion, lethargy, etc. you are advised to immediately call 911.