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COVID-19 for health professionals

Resources and updates relating to monitoring, assessment and patient care

We’re committed to providing health care professionals with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This content is monitored regularly, and updates are made as they become available.

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Key resources

Questions? Contact us at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216 and follow the prompts for health care providers. Our call centre hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Other information

Symptoms of COVID-19 vary and may include flu-like or mild symptoms. Review a summary of the symptoms of COVID-19 and the full Ministry of Health case definition. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should be directed to get tested for COVID-19.

Peel Public Health will directly contact anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to provide further information and instructions.

People who test positive for COVID-19 must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or at least 10 days from the date they got tested if they do not have symptoms.

Learn more about instructions for people who test positive for COVID-19.

Testing should be considered for the following:

Symptomatic individuals

  • Anyone presenting with at least 1 symptom or sign of COVID-19
  • Atypical presentations of COVID-19 should be considered, especially in children, older persons, and people living with a developmental disability.

Close contacts

Contacts of a confirmed case should be considered for testing within 14 days from their last exposure or notification from the COVID Alert app. Learn more about who is considered a close contact.

  • Contacts who had ongoing exposure to the case while infectious or contacts of an outbreak investigation should be tested as soon as possible.
  • Contacts who were only exposed to the case during a discrete period of time should be tested on or after day 7 from their last exposure to the case.
  • Contacts with ongoing or discrete exposure who were tested earlier than 7 days from their last exposure to the case must repeat testing on or after day 10.

Even if the test result is negative, contacts of a confirmed case must remain in self-isolation for 14 days from their last exposure to the case. If an asymptomatic contact tests negative and then subsequently becomes symptomatic, they should be re-tested.

Asymptomatic individuals

Only high-risk asymptomatic individuals and those from targeted testing groups should be considered for PCR testing.

Clinicians should refer to Ontario’s testing guidance to help guide decision making when assessing and managing patients from specific settings and priority groups. Asymptomatic groups that are recommended for testing include contacts of confirmed positive cases, outbreak investigations, and other targeted testing groups (e.g., workers and visitors of long-term care or retirement homes, those who identify as Indigenous, etc.).

Test results

Direct your patients to stay home while waiting for test results. Refer to the following instructions of what patients should do while waiting for their test results.

Testing related resources:

Primary care providers should follow the Ministry of Health guidance document for primary care providers in a community setting.

  • All non-essential appointments should be conducted virtually.
  • Screen all patients when booking appointments and as they arrive in clinic.
  • Refer to the guidance document for the appropriate management of patients who screen positive.

Infection prevention and control

Access Public Health Ontario’s infection prevention and control assessment for primary care, specialty and walk-in clinics during COVID-19.

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Managing cases of COVID-19 in outpatient health care settings

  • Peel Public Health is prioritizing investigations in outpatient care settings only where an outbreak is suspected or declared. An outbreak is defined as 2 or more cases within a 2-week period that are epidemiologically linked to the workplace.
  • Control of isolated cases in such settings (e.g., 1 or 2 COVID-19 cases reported among staff or patients/clients) is an occupational health issue and should be managed by the clinic leadership.

Together with the health system and our community partners, we’re vaccinating Peel residents. Refer to our COVID-19 vaccine page for details about our vaccination program, including approved vaccines, currently eligible priority groups and clinic and appointment information.

Reporting an adverse event following COVID-19 vaccine

The most commonly reported side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine are local reactions including pain, redness or swelling at the infection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, and mild fever.

If a patient is showing signs of having an adverse reaction after being given the COVID-19 vaccine:

Serious side effects after receiving the vaccine are rare. However, if a person develops any serious symptoms or symptoms that could be an allergic reaction, they should seek medical attention right away or call 911 if they are severely unwell.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Hives (bumps on the skin that are often very itchy)
  • Swelling of the face, tongue or throat
  • Difficulty breathing

Physician vaccinator callout

If you are a physician interested in working at Peel Public Health immunization clinics as a COVID-19 immunizer, please fill out the following survey. Physicians rendering services at COVID-19 vaccination sites are eligible for payment using sessional fee codes.

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