COVID-19 Testing Information
If you are looking for assistance in accessing COVID-19 Testing Information and Resources, please see the information outlined in the Centre of Disease Control section below or contact Nurse Hayley by email at email@example.com
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
There is a SELF CHECKER on the CDC website - The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. (Please Note: This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease, including COVID-19).
**If you need to be tested: Book a test appointment. The Island Health COVID-19 Testing Call Centre is available for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
CALL CENTRE HOURS OF OPERATION: MONDAY - SUNDAY, 8:30 A.M. - 8:00.P.M.
You will be asked to leave a callback number rather than wait on hold. Calls will be processed in priority order during business hours but you may receive a call back after Call Centre hours, as we work to keep up with demand.
Please ensure you provide a phone number that you can be reached at after our hours of operation. You will need your personal health number (or your child's) available when Call Centre staff return your call.
1-844-901-8442 (8:30 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.)
Appointments for COVID-19 testing must be pre-booked through our Call Centre. We are not providing tests for walk-up or drive-in clients without an appointment. To cancel your appointment, call the Testing Call Centre (1-844-901-8442) during business hours and press option ‘4’ when prompted.
**Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
**This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
When to seek emergency medical attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, grey, or blue-coloured skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
- Stop the Spread of Germs
- 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Results
- COVID-19 Quarantine vs. Isolation
COVID Resources Shared by Nurse Hayley
- With the arrival of the new COVID-19 vaccine comes a lot of questions. While there’s plenty of information online, it can be overwhelming and difficult to tell which sources can be trusted. This video does a great job of breaking down the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine, how it works to protect you, and the process that was followed to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzlwhz0MhTw
- What is herd immunity? Herd immunity means that the more people in a population that are immune to an illness, the more protection the population has a whole. This means that getting the COVID-19 vaccine not only protects the individual, but it helps to protect those around them too!
- By getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you are also protecting your loved ones. More information about herd immunity can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM_vy9BYX4c
First Nations Health Authority Resources
- The Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccines
- What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) How They Work
- COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe, Effective and Will Save Lives
- Dr Shannon McDonald answers your questions about COVID-19 (video 13:21mins)
Prevention & Protection
- A Guide to COVID-19: Caring for Yourself and Your Loved Ones
- Act As You Already Have COVID-19
- The Role of Public Health Officials
Hand Washing and Sanitizing
- Masks Are not Enough
- Face masks: Using Them and Making Your Own
- Hearing Aids and Masks
- How to Wear Your Non-Medical Mask
Self Isolating and Physical Distancing
Testing and Symptoms
Mental Health and Wellness
Mental Health and COVID-19
The Overall Wellness Impact of COVID-19
Stay Calm, Keep Informed, Feel In Control
We Have So Many Strengths
Mental Wellness and Cultural Supports
Treatment Centre Options
When Staying Home Is Not Safe
The Medicine of Resilicence
Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction
Child, Youth and Family
The information on this page has been sourced from https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus/public
COVID-19 Updates from Chief and Council
*Please Note: This information is for internal purposes only. This information is not intended for a media release or media use. These videos are being shared on the Songhees Nation website to provide COVID-19 updates to the Songhees Nation Members only.
*All media inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org