In the first days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Manitoba, in the first part of March, there were no test sites available for those with symptoms of COVID-19. Waiting times were long when Health Links was called for a referral. Now, however, Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) tells the public that they no longer require a referral from Health Links / Info Santé, or their family doctor, before heading to one of the three regional community sites for the test. COVID-19.
Test sites are driving sites, but if you are on foot there is an access area, according to the PMH website.
Anyone with symptoms is still recommended to use the online screening tool on the Shared Health website to determine if they meet the criteria necessary for the test.
Symptoms include one or more of the following for 24 hours.
· Fever (over 38 degrees C) or chills
· Sore throat
· Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
· Loss of taste or smell.
· Vomiting or diarrhea (for more than 24 hours).
· Poor diet (if it is a baby).
· Muscle pains
· Skin rash of unknown cause.
· Nausea or lack of appetite.
Information about the online screening tool is available on the Shared Health website https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
Please note that if you are going to be tested, you must bring your Manitoba health card.
Before the May holiday weekend, sites in Brandon (Downtown), Dauphin (MPI Building) and Swan River (MPI Building) will have different hours of operation.
More information can be found on the PMH website https://www.prairiemountainhealth.ca/getting-tested-for-covid-19-in-prairie-mountain-health
Remember, wash your hands often, continue to practice physical distancing, and stay informed about the latest COVID-19 updates and recommended precautions on the Manitoba government website https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ index.html