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COVID-19 Case Summary

COVID-19 Cases and Tests in Renfrew County and District updated December 03, 2020 at 1:25 p.m. During periods of low activity the dashboard will only be updated Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.

For more information on COVID-19 Cases and Tests in Renfrew County and District click here: COVID-19 Case Summary–December 03, 2020

The graphs in the following link show the Monthly Profile of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases for Renfrew County and District.

The map in the following link shows the Cumulative Number of COVID-19 Cases by Municipality in RCDHU Catchment Area.

To view a great example of how easily COVID-19 can spread, click here: RCDHU COVID-19 Workplace Contact Tracing Infographic

COVID-19 Call Centre

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

Call RCDHU staff at 613-732-3629 ext: 977, 7-days a week, Monday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m for more information on COVID-19. 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

The following are schedules for COVID-19 Testing Clinics in Renfrew County and District:

COVID-19 Testing Schedule: Please note that to schedule a COVID-19 test, you must call RC VTAC 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. For more testing dates and times, visit the COVID-19 Testing Schedule for December 7th-12th.

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 48 hours. 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.

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

Government of Canada – Understanding COVID-19 Testing

As a reminder, health unit staff only contact those whose test result is positive or indeterminate. If you see either of those results online, you and all your household members must immediately self-isolate and wait for further instructions from RCDHU.


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

Ontario’s new COVID-19 School Screening tool to protect students and staff.

Ontario’s printable COVID-19 Screening tool for students and children in school and child care.

Ontario’s Printable COVID-19 Screening tool for employees and essential visitors in schools and child care settings.

RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Workplaces

Visit RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Workplaces for more information on sector specific reopening guidance, factsheets, and other helpful resources.

RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Business Operators Toolkit

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

RCDHU COVID-19: Workplace Safety for Employers and Employees FAQs

RCDHU COVID-19 Information for Health Care Providers

Information for health care providers

Special Considerations

All persons over 65 years of age and individuals who are immunocompromised are advised to self-isolate.

All international travellers must immediately self-isolate for 14 days.

If you believe a business is slowing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit currently falls under the Prevent/Green level.


RCDHU Fact Sheet – Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework


For detailed information on gathering limits, workplace requirements and face coverings, please visit the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open webpage.

RCDHU Link – Holiday Safety COVID-19 Guidance

RCDHU Link – COVID-19 Holiday Gathering Recommendations Poster( including for food or drinks)

RCDHU Link: Safer vs. Riskier Holiday Activities Poster

RCDHU Link: At-Home Holiday Activities Poster (with ideas to celebrate the holidays in a safe way with those in your household)


Government of Ontario News Release Link: Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely

Health Canada Link: Plan a safe holiday or celebration

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

As of October 03, 2020, the use of masks/face coverings are now required in all public indoor setting 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

On July 6, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) released a local directive requiring masks or face coverings be worn in enclosed public spaces. The directive came into effect on Tuesday, July 14th. RCDHU has taken an education approach, which is being monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis. This directive is to be primarily used to educate people on mask use in enclosed public spaces because 2-metre physical distancing cannot always be maintained.

The use of cloth masks can help control the spread of COVID-19. Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) has recommended their use when physical distancing is not possible. When it comes to indoor public spaces, it can be difficult to know if physical distancing is possible until entering. This is why RCDHU will be taking a regional approach in accordance with all Eastern Regional Health Unit’s to mandate the use of cloth masks or facial coverings in many indoor public spaces.

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:

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: 

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:

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).

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 and
  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 and
  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 and for general information on mental health, visit 

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?

What is Physical Distancing?

As of October 02, The Government of Ontario paused social circles and advised that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household. For more information, view their media release.

In order to decrease transmission of COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District (RCD), Renfrew County and District Health Unit is now recommending 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.

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 and


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


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:  

Media Releases

RCDHU news and media releases: 

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.

Fact Sheets/Posters

RCDHU InfographicCOVID-19 Workplace Contact Tracing Infographic

RCDHU Form – Attestation for Return to Work Following Illness

RCDHU Section 22 OrderClass Order made pursuant to Section 22 (5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act

RCDHU GuidanceCOVID-19 Safe Operating for Donation Centres w/ Drop-off Poster

RCDHU FAQWorkplace Safety for Employers and Employees

RCDHU Fact SheetHow to Safely Navigate Halloween During COVID-19

RCDHU Fact SheetSafe Operating Requirements for Volunteers & Volunteer Coordinators

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

RCDHU Resource COVID-19 Information for the Real Estate Sector

RCDHU PosterCOVID-19: Self-Isolate vs Self-Monitor

RCDHU Poster My Mask Protects YOU

RCDHU Fact SheetCOVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises

RCDHU COVID-19 Directive for Masks/Face Coverings

RCDHU COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions, Re: Directive for Masks/Face Coverings

RCDHU COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Masks/Face Coverings

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

RCDHU Guidance – COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship

RCDHU Guidance – COVID-19 Guidance for Personal Service Settings 

RCDHU COVID-19 Checklist – Hair Salons and Barber Shops

RCDHU COVID-19 Checklist – Nails and Aesthetic Services

RCDHU COVID-19 Checklist – Tattooing and Body Piercing

RCDHU PosterProper Use of Disposable Gloves

RCDHU Poster – COVID-19 Screening Poster for Retail Entrances

RCDHU Tool – COVID-19 Employee Screening Tool

RCDHU – COVID-19 Requirements for Transportation Services

RCDHU Fact Sheet – Use of Non-Medical Face Masks

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 Guidance for Retail Stores 

RCDHU Fact Sheet – Food Premises and What’s Open, What’s Different

RCDHU Fact Sheet – Recommendations for Emergency Food Providers

RCDHU Fact Sheet – COVID-19 and Safe Deliveries

RCDHU Fact Sheet – COVID-19, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Infant Care

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

Fact SheetAlcohol and COVID-19 – What you need to know

CAMH Info Sheets – Vaping and COVID-19 and Tobacco and COVID-19

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


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: under the COVID-19 drop-down.

Additional Resources

Government of Canada Travel: 

Public Health Ontario (PHO):

Government of Ontario:

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC):

World Health Organization (WHO):

Coronavirus COVID-19 Total Cases in Canada

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE:  

Dr. Cushman – November 23, 2020:

Garrison Petawawa Remembrance Day Message to the public:

Garrison Petawawa Remembrance Day Message to Veterans: 

Dr. Cushman – October 15, 2020:

Dr. Cushman – October 7, 2020:

Dr. Cushman – September 30, 2020:

Dr. Cushman – September 1, 2020:

A Message to Petawawa Residents:

Dr. Cushman – July 31, 2020:

Government of Ontario News Releases

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

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 and

Mass Gatherings

Effective immediately, the Reopening Ontario Framework – Ontario Regulation 364/20, amendment states that all unmonitored or private social gatherings must adhere to the following:

  • Maximum 10 people indoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all
  • Maximum 25 people outdoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all
  • Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. Gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted.

The new amendments do not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, which include the following:

  • Maximum 50 people indoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all
  • Maximum 100 people outdoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all
  • Wearing masks/facial coverings indoors is required;
  • Wearing masks/facial coverings outdoors are recommended due to challenges with
    maintaining physical distancing.

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.

To better support compliance of public health guidelines, the Ontario Government has enacted the following penalties for anyone willfully contravening the law:

  • A minimum fine of $10,000 for organizers/hosts of gatherings.
  • A minimum fine of $750 for attendees of gatherings.

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.

Stage 3

Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries, and additional office and retail workplaces.

October 02, 2020 – TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and public health experts, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures. This includes extending the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities, and organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open under O. Reg 364/20. The Ontario government has also extended orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) to October 22, 2020.

For full details, visit: Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe

August 26, 2020 – TORONTO — As part of Ontario’s plan for students to safely return to the classroom in September, the government has released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools document. This guide was developed in consultation with public health experts, including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and aims to help schools identify and isolate COVID-19 cases, reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, and prevent and minimize outbreaks.

For full details, visit: Ontario Releases COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools

August 20, 2020 – TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA). All orders under the ROA have been extended to September 22, 2020.

For full details, visit: Ontario Extends Orders Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020

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 


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


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.


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


Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition.

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

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.

Fact Sheets

Self-Isolate vs Self-Monitor

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

How to Self-Monitor

How 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:

  • Any individual over the age of 70 years, self-isolate regardless of travel or contact with infected individual(s).
  • 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.

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

All international travellers, upon return to Canada:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers.
  • Monitor your health for fever and/or cough.
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.

If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days:

  • Continue to self-isolate yourself from others.
  • Immediately call Renfrew County and District Health Unit at (613) 732-3629 ext: 977 and describe your symptoms and travel history;
    follow their instructions carefully.

Additionally, RCDHU recommends:

  • Maintaining a two-metre distance between yourself and others if possible.
  • Any indoor gatherings, events or activities over 50 individuals be cancelled or postponed. Any indoor unmonitored or private social gatherings, events or activities  over 10 individuals be cancelled or postponed.
  • Any outdoor gatherings, events or activities over 100 individuals be cancelled or postponed. Any outdoor unmonitored or private social gatherings, events or activities over 100 individuals be cancelled or postponed.
  • Any individual over the age of 70 years, self-isolate regardless of travel or contact with infected individual(s).
  • All individuals should self-monitor for symptoms regardless of travel or contact with infected individual(s). If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate.

Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency. Should you need to contact 911, inform them of any travel in the last 14 days.

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