In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT) opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre on April 1, 2020.

The Assessment Centre is where community members will be required to go if they need to be assessed by a healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19.

For more information about the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, please click on the questions below.

 

 

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located below the Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT), on the right side of the Marathon Public Library. It is located outside of the clinic and hospital to help prevent the spread of the virus by limiting the number of individuals entering healthcare facilities. This will help keep patients, healthcare providers and staff safe, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The testing criteria for COVID-19 have recently changed, and only the most vulnerable individuals and individuals associated with highest risk settings are now eligible for PCR testing (nasal swabs).

For more information on who is eligible for a COVID-19 PCR test, click here.

If you meet the new eligibility criteria, please contact the MFHT to book an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

People who are in distress (e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms). If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and require immediate medical attention, please dial 911 and explain your symptoms or phone ahead to the emergency department.

If you think you need to be tested for COVID-19, there are a few ways to book an appointment, including:

• Calling MFHT at 807-229-3243,
• Booking an appointment online by visiting https://mfht.org/ and clicking on “request an appointment” (top right corner), filling out the form and pressing “send”,
• Sending an email to [email protected]. Include your name, date of birth, telephone number, and the reason for the appointment.

If you book your appointment online (via MFHT’s website or email address), someone from the clinic will contact you within 24 hours to book your appointment.

Yes, you are required book an appointment by contacting MFHT before visiting the assessment centre.

Please DO NOT come to the clinic or to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre if you don’t have an appointment or if you haven’t been instructed to do so by a healthcare provider.

On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to walk/drive to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre. Please be sure to follow public health measures (e.g. wearing a mask) and to avoid contact with others.

Three types of appointments are offered at the Assessment Centre:

  1. COVID-19 test only
  2. Physical assessment only
  3. COVID-19 test + physical assessment

You appointment will be booked based on your testing eligibility and your personal needs.

Please ensure to put on a face covering before entering the facility.

At the end of your appointment, you will be provided with a self-isolation kit to bring home with you.

Yes. We are equipped to test people of all ages.

The Marathon COVID-19 Assessment Centre base hours of operation are, Monday to Friday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Hours of operation are variable and will increase in relation to demand for testing.

If you drive to the Assessment Centre, you can choose to park in the Mac’s parking lot or in the Marathon Library’s parking lot. Please walk to the Assessment Centre from there.

The COVID-19 Test Results viewer is a website that will enable you to access and view your COVID-19 test results from the Ministry of Health. You need to have your OHIP number ready to check your test results on the website. Click here to visit the website.

A healthcare worker will also contact you directly if your result is positive.

The TBDHU is involved with COVID-19 Assessment Centres at a regional level. The TBDHU does not perform any COVID-19 testing. They do, however, direct eligible community members in our district to the nearest COVID-19 Assessment Centre for testing when required. They are also available to answer any COVID-19-related questions.

The TBDHU plays an important role when individuals test positive for COVID-19. Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and restricted human resource capacity, the TBDHU is only responsible for case management and contact tracing in highest risk settings at this time.  The identification and management of these close contacts is one of the tools public health uses to manage outbreaks and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Public health also works with the Ontario Government and other health agencies to keep the public informed on the status of COVID-19 in our district and province. They are also responsible for developing public health policies that help to keep our communities safe throughout the pandemic.

For all COVID-19 inquiries, call TBDHU at (807) 229-1820 or toll free at 1-888-294-6630