Health Care



Update from Batchewana Health Centre April 1, 2020


Effective March 28, 2020, the province of Ontario has prohibited all public events and social gatherings larger than five people. This replaces the previous order which prohibited gatherings of over 50 people. Fines and/or other enforcement measures will be applied to people who do not comply.

Effective March 30, 2020 all outdoor recreation areas, such as sports fields, playgrounds, and beaches and off leash dog parks, are now closed. This is an enhancement of Ontario’s previous order to close schools and non- essential workplaces.

Stay home. If you must go out, it should only be for necessities. Limit these outing to once per week if possible.

Physical or social distancing measures remain in place. Everyone should still only be going outside for essential purposes and limiting these essential trips as much as possible. This means only going outside to:

• Access health care services; • Walk pets when required; and • Shop for groceries; • Support vulnerable community

• Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;

members with meeting the above needs.

The state of emergency in Ontario is set to remain in place until April 17th, 2020 but, this may be extended.

If you have a fever, dry cough, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath STAY HOME. Isolate yourself for 14 days and limit visitors. If you are in need of essential items, please ask friends, or community members outside of your household to pick them up and drop them off to you at your doorstep.

You can call the Batchewana Health Centre at 705-254-7827, leave a message and we will call you back to make arrangements for obtaining essentials.


Public health officials are advocating physical distancing as the best means of personal protection. It has proven more effective than wearing masks. Masks should be reserved for people providing essential services, people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and people who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

It is now federal law that anyone returning from international travel outside of Canada must self-isolate. Any person who is exhibiting symptoms is no longer permitted to travel within or outside of Canada by plane or train. Again, non-compliance will result in enforcement measures, which may include fines.

Wipe clean and disinfect all commonly touched surfaces in your home.


-Clean all frequently touched surfaces to remove visible dirt; use regular household soap or detergent and water.

-Disinfect all frequently touched surfaces to kill germs and viruses on surfaces; most effective after surfaces are cleaned.

Commercial disinfectant that has a Drug Identification Number (DIN) and a viricidal claim (removes 99.9 % of viruses, bacteria). Follow the instructions on the label;

or Bleach water solution: one (1) part bleach and nine (9) parts water in a labelled spray bottle. Prepare new solution daily.

-Alternatively, a combined cleaner/disinfectant product could be used.

IF YOU LIVE WITH SOMEONE WHO IS SYMPTOMATIC, PLEASE ALSO SELF ISOLATE to contain the spread of this highly virulent/contagious illness. Ask asymptomatic family or friends who are NOT within your household to obtain essentials for you. You can contact the Batchewana Health Centre for assistance with this if required.

Groceries and essentials should be dropped off at the door with no contact to reduce any possibility of spread/transmission. Hand washing and use of hand sanitizer is essential.

Every person over the age of 70, living with chronic illness, with multimorbidity, or a weakened immune system should still be self-isolating. For more information on limiting risk go to: health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

COVID-19 testing will occur through Algoma Public Health if you are symptomatic and screened to require the test.

If you have flu-like symptoms or any of the identified symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please contact:

Online self-assessment can be found at: Ontario 1-866-797-0000 or Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. And advise them of your symptoms and travel history.


Update from Batchewana Health Centre
March 20, 2020

Batchewana Health Centre is working hard to help prevent the COVID-19 virus in our communities. We understand that times are difficult to our members. We would like to ensure our members that we will continue to provide limited services and respond to any inquiries from our membership.

Batchewana Health Centre does have staff onsite at the Health Centre Monday to Friday between 1-4pm daily. Please do not come down to the Health Centre. We ask that you please call


In the event that you get the answering service, please leave a message with your name and phone number and what you are calling about. We will return your call as soon as possible. Please be assured that messages are being checked daily.

Community Health Services:

Staff available on site Mon – Fri 1-4pm 705-254-7827
    ext. 140 - Renee Rousselle, Community Health Nurse -  Emergency contact: 705-943-9255
    ext. 155 - Erin Robinson, Home & Community Care Manager/HBHC/Elders/Disabled Comm. Members
    ext. 142 – Sabrina Danby, Home & Community Care Coordinator
    ext. 132 – Carolyn Ainslie, NIHB Medical Transportation
    ext. 0 – Bonna Dalton, Medical Transportation (as needed)
(24 hour advance notice requested)

Mental Health Services:

General inquires to available staff Mon-Fri 1-4pm 705-254-7827
     Ext. 160 – Patricia Lesage, Community Wellness Manager - Emergency contact: 705-989-4580
Clients may contact Mental Health Staff directly through work cell numbers
Staff who are not on site are following up via phone and/or text messages to clients

Child Welfare Services:

General Inquires to available staff Mon-Fri 1-4pm 705-254-7827
     Ext. 133 – Mary Finlayson, Child Welfare Band Representative - Emergency contact: 705-542-5504
Staff who are not on site are following up via phone and/or text messages to clients
Attending apprehensions only at this time

We strongly encourage frequent handwashing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.

If you have any of the identified symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, new cough, new shortness of breath) please contact
Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 or Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. And advise them of your symptoms and travel history.