If You Are Sick

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, use this self-assessment tool to find out how to get further care.
 

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause illness ranging from a very mild, cold-like illness to a severe lung infection. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny nose

  • Muscle ache

  • Headache

  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)

COVID-19 also has less common symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, croup, or loss of taste/smell.

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If you are in distress (e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to the Assessment Centre or a COVID-19 Care clinic. Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

  • COVID-19 has common symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

  • COVID-19 also has less common symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, croup, or loss of taste/smell.

  • COVID-19 may also present as new or worsening respiratory symptoms such as: sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, or difficulty swallowing
     

The following list of individuals are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 IF they have at least one common symptom of COVID-19 OR one less common symptom of COVID-19 OR one new or worsening respiratory symptom (see list of symptoms above):

  • Healthcare workers or staff who work in health care facilities and members of their households

  • Residents and staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, mental health institution, hospice, emergency day care centres, and other congregate living settings

  • Hospitalized individuals and those who likely will be hospitalized

  • Members of remote, isolated, rural, and/or indigenous communities

  • Caregivers and care providers

  • First responders such as firefighters, police, and paramedics

  • Individuals with frequent healthcare contact such as patients with cancer or undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis therapy, pre- or post-transplant, pregnancy, and newborns

  • Cross-border workers
     

The following list of individuals are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 IF they have at least one common symptom of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

  • Close contacts of confirmed or probable cases

  • Returning international travellers who seek medical attention

  • Critical infrastructure workers – this includes grocery stores, food services, maintenance and transportation workers, and utilities.

  • Patients who meet the criteria above will be tested for COVID-19, which involves taking a sample from the throat or nose with a swab.

Important: You do NOT need to contact Ottawa Public Health before going to an assessment centre.

Brewer Park Arena Location and hours:

151 Brewer Way
Accessed from Bronson Avenue opposite Carleton University
Open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. , 7 days a week

COVID-19 Care Clinics

The COVID-19 Care Clinics are out-of-hospital clinics where people will be assessed by a healthcare provider and treated for respiratory illness, if required. 

Ottawa Public Health has partnered with Queensway Carleton Hospital to open COVID-19 Care Clinics in the Moodie location, and with Hôpital Montfort in the Heron location. The clinics involve the City of Ottawa, CHEO, primary care physicians, community pediatricians and the regional COVID-19 planning team.  They are equipped to do basic diagnostic tests, such as chest X-rays and lab tests. 

You should come to the COVID-19 Care Clinics if:

  • You have escalating symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever or worsening cough and flu-like symptoms, and

  • Are in need of medical attention

Please note that the Brewer Arena Assessment Center is the primary location for swabbing to test for COVID-19. You should review the criteria for testing on the Ottawa Public Health website, as they will change over time.

The Care Clinic will help people get treatment they require for respiratory illness, while helping keep Emergency Departments for emergencies.

If you are in distress (e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Location and hours:

COVID-19 Care Clinic – Moodie Location
595 Moodie Drive
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Care Clinic – Heron Location
1485 Heron Road
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is Self-Isolation?

Self-isolation is when you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and you have been told by a health care provider or Public Health to separate yourself from others, including from the people you live with, to the greatest extent possible. The purpose of self-isolation is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in your home and your community.

You must isolate yourself for at least 14 days if you have:

  • returned from travel outside Canada

  • been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19

  • symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild

  • been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging self-isolation for

  • all persons over 70 years of age

  • individuals who are immunocompromised

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