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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 local cases/Nombre local de cas de la COVID-19

Confirmed Cases/Cas confirmés
4707
Resolved Cases/Cas résolus
4557
Deaths/Décès
48
New Cases Today/Nouveaux cas aujourd'hui
10

Information en français

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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Webpage

**Click this new link to see who is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to find more COVID-19 vaccine information**

COVID-19 Data for Renfrew County and District

COVID-19 Cases in Renfrew County and District updated May 19, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

COVID-19 testing has been limited to the most vulnerable individuals and individuals associated with the highest risk settings. For more details, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 test and testing location information webpage.

This means that confirmed cases will underestimate the true number of people with COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District. As such, case numbers and trends should not be compared to dates before these testing criteria changes.

The RCDHU COVID-19 dashboard will be updated daily except for weekends and holidays, unless circumstances require it. This dashboard now reports the number of new COVID-19 cases since the previous day under “New Cases Today”.

For more information on COVID-19 Cases and Tests in Renfrew County and District click here: COVID-19 Case Summary — May 19, 2022 (updated May 19, 2022).

RCDHU seeks to provide the most accurate information available in the reporting of COVID-19 cases. While the number of residents receiving positive laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 subsides, RCDHU has chosen to update the Case Summary once a week to reduce inaccurate assumptions or reporting of case details and to protect the privacy of residents living in RCD.

RCDHU will continue to provide media releases in the event that residents should be made aware of COVID-19 information and/or to notify the public of emerging COVID-19 related updates.

Click here to see the latest COVID-19 Cases in Schools.

Click here to see the latest COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care Homes.

For more information about COVID-19 case trends and demographics in Renfrew County and District, visit Public Health Ontario’s COVID-19 Data Tool.

For a more detailed breakdown of COVID-19 data, please view this link: Renfrew County and District Health Unit COVID-19 Epidemiology Update–March 31, 2022.

Contact Numbers for COVID-19 Information

If you live in Renfrew County and District, have a health concern (including a concern related to COVID-19) and need to speak to a physician, you should first call your family physician’s office.

If you do not have a family physician or cannot access your family physician, call the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (RC VTAC) at 1-844-727-6404. A medical receptionist will connect you with care and support from a nurse practitioner, family physician and/or community paramedic. This new service is covered by OHIP with a valid health card. Learn more at RCVTACs website here. RC VTAC has advised that the best time to reach them is in the afternoon and evening.

If you are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, isolate complete Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment for next steps. The Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line is a new toll-free line to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. This line can be reached at: 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8am-6pm, Monday to Sunday.

If you would like to speak to someone regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, call the COVID-19 Vaccination Information Line at 613-732-9436 or toll free at 1-833-773-0004. Staff are answering calls Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The office will be closed to the public on weekends and holidays. You do not require a phone assessment by RCDHU to access COVID-19 care.

Testing and Results

To access results for COVID-19 testing, please contact the provider who ordered your test.

RCDHU is unable to provide test results to the general population.

Updated Eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management Guidance in Ontario

Ontario’s What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

To view the list of participating retailers as well as information on how retail locations are distributing rapid test kits can be found at Ontario’s Rapid testing for at-home use webpage, linked here. For instructions on how to properly use the rapid test kits, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests: How to Collect a Sample infographic.

Testing Schedule (May 16 to May 20): To schedule a COVID-19 test, you must call the 24/7 RC VTAC phone line at 1-844-727-6404. Testing is completed through appointments only, as walk-in testing services have been discontinued. RC VTAC now anticipates having the ability to offer testing on Saturday’s every other weekend moving forward. RC VTAC has advised that the best time to reach them is in the afternoon and evening.

If you received a COVID-19 test in Renfrew County and District and provided an email at the time of booking, you will now be able to easily access your results through the Connected Care Patient Portal. Test results through the Patient Portal are typically available within 2-4 days. To learn more on how to access the Connected Care Patient Portal, please visit RC VTAC’s How do I access my COVID-19 Results webpage. **Test results via the Connected care patient portal can be printed easily.

  1. Once your email has been registered, you will receive a confirmation email.
  2. Follow instructions in the email to set up your Patient Portal account and password.
  3. Go to the Patient Portal landing page on the Arnprior Regional Health website.
  4. Click “Login to Patient Portal” and enter your account ID and password.

From the home screen, you will be able to access your test results (and other health information).

If you have NOT signed up for the Connected Care Patient Portal, you can still access your COVID-19 lab test results online. For access, visit the Government of Ontario’s online portal.

Please note that RC VTAC does not conduct COVID-19 testing for travel related purposes. Contact a local pharmacy or visit this link to Ontario’s COVID-19 testing locations webpage to find other COVID-19 testing locations near you.

Public Health Ontario – You were tested for COVID-19: What you should know

Government of Canada – Understanding COVID-19 Testing

Self-Assessment

Please complete this self-assessment tool to help you determine what to do.

Ontario’s COVID-19 worker and employee screening tool.

Ontario’s COVID-19 customer screening tool, for businesses that must screen patrons before they are allowed to enter. Click here for the printable version of the screening tool.

Ontario’s online COVID-19 school screening tool to protect students and staff.

RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Workplaces

Visit this link to Ontario’s COVID-19 and workplace health and safety webpage for more information on sector specific reopening guidance, factsheets, and other helpful resources.

Ontario’s COVID-19 customer screening tool, for businesses that must screen patrons before they are allowed to enter.

Government of Ontario: Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act

RCDHU COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Reopening of Workplaces

Click here for information for businesses and organizations about vaccine certificates.

RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Health Care Providers

Information for health care providers

Ontario Link: Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen

RCDHU Link: Roadmap to Reopen: Changes to public health and workplace safety measures (March 21, 2022)

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

 

Always:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or any time physical distancing is not possible

What you need to know about wearing a mask/face covering

New Public Health Measures

The following additional public health measures took effect January 14, 2021:

  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.

To continue to keep students, staff, and communities safe, the following new health and safety measures will be put in place for in-person learning:

  • Masking for Grade 1-3 and requirements for mask wearing outdoors;
  • Enhanced screening protocols; and
  • Expanded targeted testing.

While in the workplace, it is important to remember to wear masks when in a break room, a vehicle or on breaks (even outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained).

New Enforcement Measures

The province will provide authority to all provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home-order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors in places open to the public, subject to limited exceptions, as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce requirements under orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA) or EMPCA. Those who decide not to abide by orders will be subject to a set fine and/or prosecution under both the ROA and EMCPA as applicable.

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As of October 3rd, 2020, the use of masks/face coverings are now required in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities, and workplaces, with limited exemptions including corrections and developmental services. For more information, visit: Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe.

Tips for proper use of a non-medical mask of face covering

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before putting on, and after taking off the mask or face covering.
  • Place the mask or face covering over your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Avoid touching your face and mask or face covering while using it.
  • Do not share your mask or face covering with others.
  • Change your mask or face covering if it becomes moist or dirty.
  • Do not leave the mask or face covering under your chin, hanging from your ear or anywhere else on your head.
  • Remove the mask by the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or face covering.
  • Place the mask or face covering in a plastic/paper bag or directly in the laundry bin to be washed.
  • Wash the mask or face covering with other clothing items and use the hot cycle and dryer settings.
  • RCDHU Do’s and Don’ts of Using Non-Medical Masks
  • RCDHU Non-medical Mask Use when Shopping (Community Use)
  • National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Laundry Poster

Who should not wear non-medical mask or face covering?

People who are exempt from wearing a mask or face covering include:

  • Children under two years of age, or children under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally who refuse to wear a mask or face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
  • Individuals with medical conditions rendering them unable to safely wear a mask, including breathing difficulties or cognitive difficulties; and
  • Anyone who is unable to remove the mask without help or anyone who is unconscious or incapacitated.
  • Ontario Face Coverings and Face Masks Page

Where can I get a non-medical mask?

Disclaimer: The following vendors were identified to us via social media and other Renfrew County and District residents. Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) does not endorse any particular vendor of cloth masks, nor can we ensure that any vendor is able to maintain stock of these products. We are not liable if there are any issues related to the vendor or the purchased product. The vendors below are listed as a convenience with the intent of promoting the wearing of cloth masks in settings where physical distancing is not possible. If you are aware of other Renfrew County and District-based or Canada-based vendors producing cloth masks that are not currently listed below, please let us know at: media@rcdhu.com.

Local Vendors:

Online Vendors that Ship:

Other Vendor Sites:

Where can I get a cloth mask in Ottawa?

Additional Resources

  • Government of Ontario: Face coverings and face masks-About
  • Health Canada: Non-medical masks and face coverings-About
  • Masks4Canada: Grassroots group of members from diverse ages and backgrounds, to promote and educate the use of effective, re-usable, non-medical face coverings where physical distancing is not possible. Great source of evidence and other helpful information.

The ongoing stresses of COVID-19 can affect the physical health and mental well-being for individuals and families. Please know that help is available and we encourage you to reach out to the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-866-996-0991. The provincial government also increased the availability of online mental health support, which can be found by visiting their webpage here.

Fact Sheet – Responding to Stressful Events

Please note: During the COVID-19 emergency situation, clients are advised to contact the mental health service providers by telephone to confirm availability of services. For local resources visit: RCDHU’s healthy living, mental health webpage

How do I talk to my children about COVID-19 and it’s impacts?

This may be a very stressful time for children and adolescents. Not only is their regular routine disrupted with the cancellation of school and extracurricular activities, they can’t get together with friends like they normally would. Young people may also sense the anxiety of their parents and worry about their own health and that of other family members. Social media networks may also be contributing to anxiety and alarm.

The following fact sheet offers good, age-appropriate information for talking to children and teens: Infosheet Talking to Kids 

If your kids need more help, they can access the Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line (Ages 18 and under) at 1-877-377-7775, or visit the website at: ICRS’s website.

BounceBack Ontario – a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

BounceBack Ontario – 10 tips to reduce anxiety, 10 stress, worry related to COVID-19

School Mental Health Resource Repository – Tips and resources to help support student mental health during COVID-19 and the return to school (for educators, parents and families, and students).

School Mental Health Ontario: How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child

Are you practicing physical distancing or social isolation by staying at home?

Here are some tips to maintain your physical and mental health:

  1. Stay connected – maintain your social networks with family and friends on-line and by telephone.
  2. Create a family schedule – follow your usual routine as much as possible. If you are working from home with the kids also at home, prepare a schedule together that is similar to the structure of school and work. While you are working, children could be doing on-line learning or other quiet activities. Children can suggest things to do together for breaks. Make sure to build in outdoor play, hikes and walks during the day.
  3. Stay Active – it’s important to keep your body moving.  It may be tempting to pass the day by binging on the latest Netflix release or scrolling through Facebook for hours.  Try going for a walk, start your spring cleaning, or try out an at-home exercise workout. Many local gyms and yoga studios are moving on-line. YouTube has lots of great videos for all fitness levels. For more ideas, check out Participaction’s website and Active for life’s website
  4. Get outside – get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can to boost your mood, even if it is limited to your backyard. Get a head start on yard work or have an outdoor scavenger hunt.
  5. Keep busy – now is a great time to tackle those jobs around the house that you’ve been putting off. Declutter closets and drawers or organize family photos.
  6. Cook more – find a new healthy recipe to try at Nutrition Month 2021s website and Unlock Food’s website
  7. Keep your mind active – catch up on podcasts, read a new book, dust off a puzzle or board game.
  8. Be creative – start a new do-it-yourself project, paint a picture, do a craft, write a journal, listen to music, play a musical instrument, start an on-line learning through your local library.
  9. Set limits on the news – stay informed with facts from reputable sources, but don’t overdo it. If it is causing you too much anxiety or worry, take a break.
  10. Seek out help when you need to – it’s OK, to not be OK. For local supports visit https://www.rcdhu.com/healthy-living/mental-health/ and for general information on mental health, visit CAMH’s mental health and COVID-19 webpage here.

Additional Mental Health Resources to Visit

Senior’s Centre Without Walls Resource – A community outreach program to support seniors and adults with physical disabilities who may find it difficult to leave home for extended periods of time due to financial constraints, transportation difficulties, and/ or health and mobility issues. This occurs through the use of conference calls, and provides later-life learning opportunities, participation in brain-stimulating activities, and most importantly, to feel part of a community and opportunity to create new and meaningful friendships

COVID-19: Mental health and well-being – Includes resources and tips on supporting mental health amid concerns of COVID19.

Pandemic pushing your anxiety buttons?

Media Releases

RCDHU news and media releases: Click here for RCDHU’s news page

Pembroke news – Transition House A Home Built On Hope – Thanks to the generosity of a private donor and the support of several community organizations, Renfrew County now has a safe and welcoming shelter for homeless individuals who are in need of supportive short-term housing.

Dr. Cushman Video Updates

Dr. Cushman – April 01, 2022 – The Continued Importance of Public Health Measures to Limit COVID-19

Dr. Cushman – February 24, 2022 – Cautious optimism as the beginning of the end does NOT mean the end

Dr. Cushman – January 14, 2022 – A Message Regarding Schools, Vaccines, and Families with Students

Dr. Cushman – January 05, 2022 – A Public Appeal on behalf of Health Care Workers

Dr. Cushman – November 12, 2021 – A Message for Those Who are Hesitant of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Cushman – August 06, 2021 – COVID-19 Vaccines Help Keep Businesses Open

RCD Clinic Walkthrough: RCD COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Walkthrough

Garrison Petawawa Remembrance Day video: Garrison Petawawa Message to the Public

Garrison Petawawa Remembrance Day video: Garrison Petawawa Remembrance Day Message to Veterans 

Government of Ontario News Releases

For all Government of Ontario news releases, visit their Newsroom. 

Fact Sheets

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Healthy Living While Operating Businesses and Organizations Through COVID-19

Ontario Ministry of Health Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests: How to Collect a Sample

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Guidance for Community Events

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Places of Worship COVID-19 Guidance

Public Health Ontario Fact Sheet: Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

RCDHU Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Protective Eyewear Guidance

RCDHU Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Requirements for Transportation Services

RCDHU Fact Sheet: COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Reopening of Workplaces

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Guidance for Farmers’ Markets

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Healthy Eating During a Pandemic 

RCDHU Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grocery Store Shoppers

RCDHU Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Emergency Food Providers

CAMH Fact Sheets: Vaping and COVID-19 and Tobacco and COVID-19

Fact Sheet:  Alcohol and COVID-19 – What you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions

RCDHU FAQ: Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) and PCR Tests

RCDHU FAQ: Workplace Safety for Employers and Employees

RCDHU FAQ: Masks/Face Coverings

Infographics

RCDHU Infographic: Reasons to Still Wear a Mask (Apr 25, 2022)

RCDHU Infographic: Roadmap to Reopen: Upcoming changes to public health and workplace safety measures (Mar 21, 2022)

RCDHU Infographic: Updated Eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management Guidance in Ontario (Apr 11, 2022)

RCDHU Infographic: COVID-19 Workplace Contact Tracing

Other Resources

RCDHU Memo: A public appeal on behalf of Health Care Workers for respect, courtesy and politeness (Jan 05, 2022)

RCDHU Public Entrance Signage: ATTENTION – Please wear a mask/face covering while in this facility or Veuillez svp porter un MASQUE / COUVRE-VISAGE à l’intérieur de cet établissement

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services: Guidance on Health and Safety for Places of Worship during COVID-19

Posters

Use Ontario’s COVID-19 customer screening tool, for businesses that must screen patrons before they are allowed to enter.

RCDHU Poster: COVID-19 General Safety – Stop the Spread 

RCDHU Poster: Campground – Attention, Items/Surfaces Not Disinfected After Each Use, Please Practice Hand Hygiene

RCDHU Poster: Campground – Attention, Items/Surfaces Not Disinfected After Each Use, Use At Own Risk

RCDHU Poster: COVID-19 Workplace Safety

RCDHU Poster: My Mask Protects YOU

RCDHU Poster: Proper Use of Disposable Gloves

RCDHU Poster: Do’s and Don’ts of Using Non-Medical Masks

RCDHU Poster: Physical Distancing w/o Tips

RCDHU Poster: Physical Distancing w Tips

Toolkits

RCDHU’s Community Gardens Toolkit – On April 25th the government of Ontario lifted restrictions, allowing community gardens to operate following the guidance of the local Medical Officer of Health. These resources provide current guidance provided by RCDHU under Dr. Rob Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health. Please visit our Nutrition page to view the toolkit, which can be found here: RCDHU’s Healthy Living Nutrition webpage under the COVID-19 drop-down.

 

Additional Resources

Government of Canada: Individual and community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Canada

Government of Canada Travel: Pandemic COVID-19 all countries: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada

Public Health Ontario (PHO): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Government of Ontario: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE: COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) 

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place.

Always:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or any time physical distancing is not possible

Visit Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

  • capacity limits have been lifted in all indoor public settings

Any events and gatherings with food service taking place in Renfrew County and District must be reported to the health unit before the event takes place.

RCDHU recommends the following measures to reduce the spread of germs including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then clean your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve and then clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you are ill, stay home.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Get your flu shot.

In order to decrease transmission of COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District (RCD), Renfrew County and District Health Unit recommends that all residents of RCD practice physical distancing. Physical distancing involves limiting the number of people you come into close contact with to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

What is Physical Distancing?

Physical distancing includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working from home where possible.
  • Avoiding sending children to private home daycare, if you are able to.
  • Avoiding visits to Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other congregate care settings unless the visit is approved as essential.
  • Avoiding non-essential trips in the community.
  • Keeping windows down if making an essential trip via taxi or rideshare.
  • Cancelling all group gatherings. Connect via phone, video chat or social media instead, including checking in with vulnerable seniors.
  • Holding meetings virtually instead of in person.
  • Maintaining 2 metre (6 feet) distance from other, even when outside.

Please note: that these guidelines are not meant to say “you must stay in your home!”

You can still go outside to take a walk. If you need groceries, go to the store. We simply recommend that while outside you make sure to avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from those around you.

Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while we know these measures are an inconvenience, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others. We are all in this together.

RCDHU Physical Distancing Poster – without tips 

RCDHU Physical Distancing Poster –  with tips

COVID-19 Alert Exposure Notification App

Download the COVID Alert Exposure Notification App to receive exposure notifications on your cell phone letting you know if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information on the App (e.g. how the app works and user privacy) visit the COVID Alert Exposure Notification App: Public Health Unit Q&A.

You can find more information about the COVID Alert Exposure Notification App at Download the COVID Alert mobile app webpage and Canada’s Download COVID Alert today webpage.

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To reduce the spread of germs including the flu and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we recommend that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand, then clean your hands
  • If possible, stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already as the flu virus is still circulating in the community (To book an influenza vaccination, call RCDHU at: 613-732-3629 ext: 509)
  • Practice social distancing

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Healthy habits are important to protect yourself and others from potentially harmful germs. Germs are types of microbes, such as bacteria or viruses, which can cause diseases. They are spread directly from person to person, or indirectly by touching a surface that has been contaminated with them.  Harmful germs can sometimes lead to serious illness, particularly in vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, or people with underlying medical conditions.

What is hand hygiene?

Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent you and others from getting sick due to an infection. Hand hygiene refers to the cleaning of your hands by either washing them or applying alcohol-based hand rub. Consistently practicing good hand hygiene is essential to reduce the spread of infection in your at home, in daycares, schools, workplaces, and public places.

When should you clean your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • Before and after changing contact lenses
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or assisting a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After being in a public place or outdoors
  • After touching an animal, feeding an animal, or picking up animal waste
  • After handling garbage

How should you clean your hands?

If you have soap and clean running water available, you can wash your hands to reduce the spread of germs. However, if soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.

How to wash your hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands under warm, running water
  • Apply liquid soap
  • Lather and rub hands for at least 15 seconds (hint: if you don’t have a timer, sing happy birthday twice!)
  • Rinse your hands
  • Towel dry your hands (avoid air-blow dryers)
  • Turn the taps off with a towel or your arm/sleeve

How to clean your hands with a hand sanitizer:

  • Place a quarter-size drop of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your palm
  • Rub your hands together, palm to palm
  • Rub the back of each hand with palm and fingers of the other hand
  • Rub around each thumb
  • Rub the fingertips of each hand, back and forth in the other hand
  • Rub until your hands are dry (at least 15 seconds)

Quick tip: Applying a non-scented moisturizer to your hands daily will also help ensure your skin remains healthy and prevents chapping leading to optimal hand health!

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand

To stop the spread of germs that can make others sick, you should always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in a waste basket. Then wash your hands as soon as possible. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

Why? Coughs can force out thousands of tiny droplets of saliva which can spread germs. In fact, 3,000 droplets are expelled in a single cough, and some of the droplets can fly out of your mouth at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.1 Sneezes are even worse than coughs for spreading germs because they can produce as many as 40,000 tiny droplets of saliva which can exit your nose and mouth at speeds greater than 200 miles per hour. By covering your coughs and your sneezes, you can help prevent the spread of germs to others. Also, always remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

For more information on how to protect yourself and your family, visit: RCDHU’s Healthy Living Infection Prevention and Control webpage.

Capacity limits have been lifted in all indoor public settings

  • Physical distancing and wearing masks/facial coverings outdoors is required

Any events and gatherings with food service taking place in Renfrew County and District must be reported to the health unit before the event takes place.

RCDHU recommends the following measures to reduce the spread of germs including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then clean your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve and then clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you are ill, stay home.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Get your flu shot.

Business Information Line

Call the Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 if you have questions about safely reopening your business or workplace, or visit COVID-19 Support for businesses 

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace: **Sector specific guidance for Ontario**

Ontario Government: Reopening Ontario  

RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Workplaces Webpage

COVID-19 Alert Exposure Notification App

Download the COVID Alert Exposure Notification App to receive exposure notifications on your cell phone letting you know if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information on the App (e.g. how the app works and user privacy) visit the COVID Alert Exposure Notification App: Public Health Unit Q&A.

You can find more information about the COVID Alert Exposure Notification App at Ontario’s Download the COVID Alert mobile app webpage and Canada’s Download COVID Alert today webpage.

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

Sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario: Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

For more information visit: COVID-19 Information for Workplaces

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate both in humans and other animals like bats. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illness, similar to the common cold, and spread easily between people. There are, however, strains of coronaviruses that have spread from animals to humans which have caused more severe illness in humans in the recent past, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These tend to not spread as easily from person to person.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease

On December 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV or COVID-19) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.

It is thought that this new coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in another animal (possibly of bat origin).

Case Definition COVID-19 

Symptoms

COVID-19 has common symptoms such as:

  • fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 also has less common symptoms such as:

  • unexplained fatigue, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, croup, or loss of taste/smell.

COVID-19 may also present as new or worsening respiratory symptoms such as:

  • sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, or difficulty swallowing

Timing

The World Health Organization advises that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 10 to 14 days after being exposed to someone with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This time period may also be refined as new information comes out.

Self-Assessment Tool

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care.

Diagnosis

It is diagnosed by a healthcare provider based on travel history, symptoms, and laboratory tests.

Treatment

Canada has authorized certain products to treat COVID-19 and its symptoms. Learn more about treatments being developed for COVID-19. Symptoms vary and therefore treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.

If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold or are lasting longer than usual, see your health care practitioner. You should also:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get rest and sleep as much as possible
  • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

COVID-19 vaccines to protect Canadians are safe and effective. Free vaccines will be available to everyone who lives in Canada over the course of 2021. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at: Health Canada’s Vaccines for COVID-19 webpage.

Ontario webpage: What to do if You’ve Been Exposed

The Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line is a new toll-free line to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. This line can be reached at: 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8am-6pm, Monday to Sunday.

 

Fact Sheets

Know the Difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19

How to Self-Monitor

How to Self-Isolate

How to Care for a Child Who Needs to Self-Isolate

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

Regarding self-monitoring versus self-isolation, RCDHU recommends:

  • All individuals should self-monitor for symptoms regardless of travel or contact with infected individual(s). If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving rapidly. Outbreaks of COVID-19 are being reported throughout the world.

If you travel, there may be rules you have to follow before you leave, when you get to your destination, and when you return. If you’re leaving Ontario, make sure that you learn about the rules at your final destination from local authorities, including local public health measures, before your trip.

Travellers returning to Ontario/Renfrew County and District (RCD) after travelling outside of Canada

The Government of Canada determines the rules for entering Canada, including individuals who are fully vaccinated. Restrictions vary depending on which country you are travelling from.

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice

Health Canada fact sheets:

For current details regarding international travel, please visit Ontario’s Travelling during COVID-19 webpage here.

 

 

 

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