11 Mar

Community health update #3: COVID-19

The municipality continues to monitor closely the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impacts on the community.

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home, the municipality’s long-term care facility, is now actively screening all staff, visitors, and volunteers given that the residents are a vulnerable population more susceptible to severe illness. People entering the Home will be asked a series of questions (e.g. Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Have you recently travelled outside the province?)

The County is receiving updates from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) and the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC). The municipality’s Emergency Control Group will meet weekly at a minimum to review the status of COVID-19 and update any measures and strategies as required. The municipality is in the process of implementing enhanced cleaning measures in its buildings and recreation facilities to prevent community spread of the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to many other respiratory illnesses, which include fever, cough, and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. HPEPH reminds the community of key ways to prevent the spread of all respiratory infections: 

• Wash your hands frequently
• Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand(s)
• Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes with your hands
• Clean objects and surfaces that many people touch, such as: doorknobs, phones, light switches, ATM PIN pads, touchscreens, and television remotes
• Eat healthy foods and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong
• Get plenty of rest or sleep
• Get your influenza vaccine
• Stay home when you are sick, and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone
• If you suspect you are sick, avoid visiting people in long-term care, or individuals with health concerns 

If you are returning from areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19:

• Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after leaving the affected area
• Contact Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 if you experience symptoms of COVID-19

 For general information about COVID-19, please visit the HPEPH website. Additional information is available on the Ministry of Health website.