06 Feb

Community health update #2: coronavirus outbreak

The County has been briefed regarding the repatriation of Canadian citizens from China. The initiative is being led by Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC).

The residents will arrive at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton and be in self-isolation upon return as a precautionary measure.

The Ontario Ministry of Health is working closely with the federal government as it plans for the repatriation of Canadians from Hubei province in China to ensure their safe and seamless return. Flight details are still being determined.

The County is receiving updates from the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH).

In a Board of Health update, HPEPH stated that it is working closely with the Ministry of Health and the federal government to provide support as required.

“I recognize that the arrival of Canadians from Hubei province at CFB Trenton may result in questions and concerns,” says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO for HPEPH. “I would like to reassure local residents that comprehensive processes are in place to protect the health of all involved, including the surrounding community. The risk to our community remains low.”

The federal government has implemented additional health screening at airports to prevent the introduction into, and limit the potential spread of, the coronavirus.

Symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to many other respiratory illnesses, which include fever, cough, and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. If you have travelled to the region of Wuhan, China and develop symptoms of the coronavirus infection, avoid contact with others and follow-up with your health-care professional.

HPEPH is reminding 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

For more information about the repatriation of Canadian citizens to CFB Trenton, or for general information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), please visit the HPEPH website. Additional information is available on the Ministry of Health’s website