COVID-19

Interim primary care access clinic in Cumberland County

The Warden received the following message from the Nova Scotia Health Authority on April 16, 2020 and was asked to have it shared widely.

 

A message from Dr. Aaron Smith, Co-Medical Executive Director, Northern Zone and Karen Pyra, Director, Primary Health Care, Northern Zone

Good day,

Nova Scotia Health Authority has established a virtual clinic for people in Cumberland County who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is in addition to clinics that have recently opened in Truro and New Glasgow. The clinics will be operational through June 30, 2020, as a temporary measure to provide care for people who do not have a primary care provider during the pandemic.

We are working with a number of family doctors and nurse practitioners in Advocate, Amherst, Parrsboro, Pugwash, River Hebert, and Springhill who will provide appointments by phone to people in their area who are on the Need a Family Practice Registry. Anyone who does not have a primary care provider can add their name online at https://needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca/.

The majority of the appointments will be by phone; there may also be video appointments. This is in keeping with the direction of physical distancing. The family doctors and nurse practitioners will determine if a patient needs to be seen in-person.

The participating family doctors and nurse practitioners provide same day or next day primary medical care for illness, injury, or more urgent health condition that requires prompt treatment, such as:

• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
• Back, joint, or muscle aches and pains
• Earaches
• Mild headaches
• Eye irritation and infections
• Urinary problems
• Asthma (mild to moderate)
• Bites and stings
• Rashes, hives, and mild allergic reactions
• Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other minor wounds
• Other minor conditions or minor injuries

People with two or more symptoms (fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, or headache) should complete the COVID-19 self-screen available at https://811.novascotia.ca/ and then call 811 for advice, rather than make an appointment at one of these clinics.

All appointments at the primary care access clinics for unattached people must be arranged by phone. People who do not have a primary care provider and who are on the registry should call:
• Cumberland County: 1-855-597-2420 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm
• New Glasgow (serving Pictou County): 902-752-8643 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm
• Truro (serving Colchester East Hants): 902-899-2273 Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm

Thank you.

Letter and FAQs from Chief Medical Officer of Health of NS

Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Province of Nova Scotia has issued a letter and a document on frequently asked questions to support the Public Health Protection Act Order.

 

Click here for the letter from Dr. Strang

 

Click here for the FAQ document 

Municipal Parks and Trails - Update

On March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The province announced the closure of all provincial and municipal beaches and parks.Effective immediately, as directed by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Municipality of Cumberland parks, playing fields, and other such areas are closed to the public.

This includes, but is not limited to:

 

Springhill Lion’s Park Parrsboro Partridge Island Look-off and Trail
Springhill Basketball and Tennis Courts Parrsboro Dog Park and Playground
Springhill Baseball and Soccer Fields Parrsboro Don Yorke Baseball Field
Springhill Outdoor Skating Rink Parrsboro Tennis Courts
Springhill Gazebos - Main Street & Pit Pond locations Parrsboro Bandstand
Springhill Miners Memorial Park, including the trails in the Park   

Municipal Parks and Trails - Update (2)

On March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. As part of the recovery plan some restrictions have been lifted, as of May 15, 2020.

As directed by the Province of Nova Scotia, the following Municipality of Cumberland spaces will remain closed until further restrictions are lifted. This includes, but is not limited to:

 

Springhill Lion’s Park Playground Parrsboro Dog Park and Playground
Springhill Basketball Court
Springhill Outdoor Skating Rink
Springhill Gazebo - Pit Pond locations

Also, due to field conditions, the Springhill Baseball and Soccer Fields, and the Parrsboro Don York Baseball Field remain closed for the time being.

For up-to-date and further information on the provincial response to COVID-19 please see the provincial COVID-19 website.

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