Cold, Flu & COVID-19
Cold, Flu, COVID-19 and Couchiching Ontario Health Care Centre Information
Couchiching Ontario Health Team Care Clinic
The COHT Care Clinic serves patients without a primary care provider. It’s located in the Kiwanis building at the West Entrance to the hospital, which has been home to the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Clinic for the past several months.
COVID-19 testing and vaccination will still be available to all those eligible in addition to providing support for patients who do not have family doctor or nurse practitioner. Providing the right care in the right place is a goal we strive to provide to our community. Population health management and equity in healthcare access is a top priority for all Ontario Health Teams.
The COHT Care Clinic is now offering the following services:
- Cough, Cold, Flu & COVID Assessments for Patients without a Primary Care Provider
- COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination
- Nurse Practitioner Clinic for Episodic Care for Patients without a Primary Care Provider
The Couchiching OHT Care Clinic is located at 170 Colborne Street, off Volunteer Drive, Kiwanis Building, Orillia, Ontario.
PARKING: Please be aware that dedicated parking for those attending the COHT Care Centre is available immediately adjacent to the Centre, which is off Volunteer Drive, located near the West Entrance to the hospital. The COHT Care Centre is located inside the Kiwanis Building on OSMH property. View a map by clicking here.
705-325-2201, EXT 8250
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is a proud partner of the Couchiching Ontario Health Team.
Cough, Cold & Flu Clinic
COVID, Cough, Cold & Flu assessment appointments are available for those who do not have a health care provider. If you have a cough-cold-flu or COVID and need to seek care for your moderate or worsening symptoms you can book an appointment online at care-clinics.ca or through the buttons below or by Phone 705-325-2201 Ext: 8250 or by emailing COHTCareClinic@osmh.on.ca
OSMH is currently offering COVID-19 Vaccines to individuals who meet current Public Health eligibility criteria. Click the button below to book an appointment or call 705-325-2201 ext. 8111 or email: CovidVaccineBookings@osmh.on.ca
Please ensure you meet current eligibility to obtain a PCR COVID test before you book an appointment. Those who do not meet eligibility will be turned away. If you do not meet eligibility to receive a PCR COVID test please click here for more information.
Click here to find a testing centre based on your location.
If you do not qualify for a PCR test CLICK HERE for our support guide.
Things to know when attending the Testing Centre
- Do not enter the hospital at the main entrance. Please park in the parking lot on Volunteer Drive
- Please follow all precautions including wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand hygiene
If I am tested, how long will it take to get the results?
- The results take 24 to 48 hours
Isolation guidelines if you have tested positive or have Covid-19, Cold and or Flu symptoms:
You are encouraged to follow up with your healthcare provider if you need further assistance while recovering from a COVID-19 infection. If you do not have a primary healthcare provider you may also contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, your local public health unit, or seek emergency care if you experience severe symptoms by calling 9-1-1 or visiting a local emergency department.
Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
What are COVID-19 treatments?
COVID-19 treatments (including the Paxlovid pill) are available for people who have COVID-19 and are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. These treatments are available for free by prescription for anyone who would benefit from them.
COVID-19 treatments can help people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill stay out of the hospital. They must be taken within the first five to seven days (depending on the treatment) after symptoms start.
Paxlovid Questions? – Click Here
Who is eligible for COVID-19 treatment?
To get treatment, you must test positive for COVID-19 (by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen test) and a health care provider must assess you to determine if treatment is right for you, which includes whether or not you are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill.
People meeting the following criteria should get tested and assessed for treatment:
- over 18 and immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications)
- over 70
- over 60 with fewer than three vaccine doses
- over 18 with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one of the following risk conditions:
- heart disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure
- chronic respiratory disease (including cystic fibrosis)
- cerebral palsy
- intellectual or developmental disabilities
- sickle cell disease
- moderate or severe kidney disease
- moderate or severe liver disease
- pregnant and unvaccinated (zero doses)
Use the Ontario government’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment screener to help you decide if you should be tested and assessed for treatment.
Meeting the criteria above does not guarantee access to COVID-19 treatment. A health care provider at the clinical assessment centre will test you if needed and do an assessment to decide if you should get treatment.
Nurse Practitioner Clinic for Episodic Care for Patients without a Primary Care Provider
The Couchiching OHT Nurse Practitioner Clinic for Episodic Care, provides access for patients who do not have a primary care provider, yet need support with a non-life threatening, health concern and management of a specific chronic disease for a short time period. Patients, caregivers and providers are able to self-refer to this clinic by calling 705-325-2201, Ext: 8250, by email COHTNPClinic@osmh.on.ca, by Fax: 705-325-4171 or by using our referral form. Walk-in appointments are not available at this time.
Please note in order to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner, all patients must registered with Health Care Connect ONLINE or by phone: 1-800-445-1822 to obtain a permanent Primary Care Provider.
COVID-19 Resources and News
- Instructions for patients before their appointment
- Instructions for patients scheduled for surgery
- Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
- Government of Ontario
- Government of Canada updates
- Bounce Back Ontario
- City of Orillia
- Self Assessment Tool
- How to self-isolate
- Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Information for Expectant Mothers
- Pregnancy Advice for Mothers – COVID-19
- Visitor Self-Screening incorporated into less restrictive visiting policy at OSMH – June 20, 2022
- Letter to the Community Road to Recovery – June 10, 2022
- Letter to the Community- May 27, 2022
- OSMH further easing Visitor Policy – March 16, 2022
- COVID-19 Vaccination services sharing space with Testing Centre at OSMH starting March 7th – March 4, 2022