Information for Community Physicians

COVID-19

Last Reviewed: April 14, 2021

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What's New|Guidance for Physicians & Teams|Information for Your Zone|Information to Give Patients|Hospital Transitions to Community for COVID-19 Patients

Information on COVID-19 specific to community specialist physicians and community primary care physicians, and their teams. Providers should also review Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals for a comprehensive list of resources for all health professionals in Alberta.

Provincewide Advice

ConnectMD, Specialist LINK, eReferral & RAAPID

These numbers are for healthcare providers only, not the general public.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Immunization FAQs
Updated: March 31, 2021

Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) and Exposure FAQs
Updated: March 22, 2021

Patient Care & Testing FAQs
Updated: March 22, 2021

Physician Wellness

Resources for physician wellness.

Questions

Community physicians can email: phc@ahs.ca. This email is only for providers who have general questions about the COVID-19 response. This email is not for questions from members of the general public.

AHS Staff & Health Professionals

Health Worker Self-Assessment

What's New

  • Updates on Cases in Alberta
  • AHS COVID-19 Weekly Update for Medical Staff: The update is sent out weekly and outlines key information on the response including important updates on COVID-19 immunization. Note: Some resources in the update are specific to AHS.
  • April 14 – Family Physicians to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine as Part of New Pilot Program: Starting April 19, 10 physician clinics across the province will participate in a pilot project to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients. Based on the learnings from this pilot, the program will expand to include more clinics in May.
  • April 10 – Rollout of Phase 2C for Healthcare Workers: Beginning Monday, April 12 at 8 a.m., healthcare workers in patient care facilities or who provide services directly to clients in the community will be eligible to book a COVID-19 immunization appointment.
  • April 8 - Change to Quarantine Requirements for Household Contacts:
    • For the original COVID-19 strain and B.1.1.7 U.K. variant cases, if a case has a separate bedroom and bathroom, and remains completely separated from the rest of their household contacts for their infectious period, the 14 day quarantine period for household contacts begins on the last day of contact with the case. More information
    • For B.1.351 South African variant and P.1 Brazilian variant cases, every day the case is isolating at home is considered a new exposure to household contacts, even if they have a separate bathroom and bedroom. More information
  • April 8 – Second COVID-19 Test for all Close Contacts: All close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 – original strain and variants of concern – are recommended to be tested twice during their quarantine period.

Guidance for Physicians & Teams

COVID-19 Immunization Information

COVID-19 Lab Results

COVID-19 Variants

Infection, Prevention & Control

Patient Care and Testing

Resources for Your Practice

Emerging Evidence

Information for Your Zone

Zonal information will be added as available.

North Zone

COVID-19 Primary Care Management Pathways

Central Zone

COVID-19 Primary Care Management Pathways

Calgary Zone

COVID-19 tele-advice, pathways, webinars and other resources for Calgary-area physicians at specialistlink.ca.

Edmonton Zone

  • COVID-19 tele-advice and pathways for Edmonton-area physicians at pcnconnectmd.com
  • Surge capacity measures are in place to better support safe patient care. This includes postponing as much as 60 per cent of scheduled, non- surgeries, and further reductions in ambulatory care clinic visits and procedures in the Edmonton Zone to support the need for additional inpatient and ICU staffing and beds.

Information to Give Patients

Hospital Transitions to Community for COVID-19 Patients

The following resources outline how acute and primary care can work together to safely transition COVID-19 patients from home into hospital and back home. Resources were developed based on Alberta’s new Home to Hospital to Home Transitions Guideline and help ensure continuity of care.

Some processes may require customization and will vary by zone. Check with your local ZEOC or PCN for clarification on what may be happening in your zone.

Follow-up to community physicians at discharge:

Other resources for safe transitions: