Back to School
It is inevitable that as the school year progresses, children will show symptoms of cold, flu, or other illness. During this pandemic, parents will be asking themselves:
What should I do if my child gets sick?
When should we test for COVID-19?
Should my child stay home? and for how long?
When do we need a doctor’s note?
To help with these questions and others, Doctors of BC is providing a series of easy-to-follow documents that will help to chart paths to effective decision-making both for parents and physicians. It is important to do the right thing not just to protect your child, but for the health and safety of all children and staff at the school.
If you have symptoms of COVID 19 or think you have been exposed to someone with COVID 19:
1. Use self assessment tool at bc.thrive.health for information on next steps.
2. If the self assessment tool recommends further assessment or testing: call the Island Health Call Centre at 1-844-901-8442 Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 4:30 pm where a nurse will review your history, and if eligible, will book you for a test appointment.
The best source of up to date information on COVID19 in British Columbia is the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC). The COVID19 Dashboard provides the latest data on COVID19 cases in British Columbia. Information is provided on total number of cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and other COVID19 statistics for British Columbia. British Columbia's Ministry of Health has released a new COVID19 app for information and alerts on the COVID19 pandemic.
If you are feeling lonely and/or isolated as a result of the pandemic, please call 211 for phone support. BC offers a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID19, including the latest information on physical distancing, masks and travel restrictions. Information is available in more than 110 languages at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-28-4319.
Fifth Street Family Practice has created a pandemic plan which encompasses office cleaning protocols and changing practices to reduce the risk of COVID19 transmission in our clinic, in order to provide safe in person care to you, our patients. Our pandemic plan can be found here.