COVID 19 Resource Page
Age-based vaccination program
Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine booking system is now accepting bookings for individuals aged 60 and older.
If you are unable to book online for yourself, please ask a friend or family member to book on your behalf. You will require your health card number.
Unable to book online? Call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1.888.999.6488. The line is available 8 am-8 pm, Monday-Sunday. Individuals who do not have a photo ID health card will be required to book by phone.
Learn more about additional supports that are available to help seniors book and get to a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
COVID-19 vaccines are now available for certain groups as outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Health. If you belong to one of these groups, and have not received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please submit your information using the form provided by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
Learn more about the local vaccination program on the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website.
Have questions about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines? Learn more in this fact sheet prepared by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
Public Health Measures
Section 22 Order
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, issued a Section 22 Order to enhance protection as the region gradually reopens. Additional precautions apply in Hastings Prince Edward as of 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 30:
- Bookings/reservations for hotel/motel accommodation, personal service settings, and dine-in food services can only be accepted for individuals residing in the Hastings Prince Edward health region. Exceptions will include booking accommodation for individuals who are travelling to the Hastings Prince Edward health region for essential reasons and are in need of housing i.e. health-care staff, medical appointments, and emergencies.
- All short-term accommodations (e.g. Airbnb bookings, bed and breakfasts, cottages) are immediately closed, including all bookings made prior to March 30, 2021. However, booking of accommodation is permitted for individuals who are travelling to or within the Hastings Prince Edward health region for essential reasons and are in need of housing i.e. health-care staff, medical appointments, and emergencies.
- No person shall host or attend any indoor or outdoor social gatherings with more than five persons that is held at a private dwelling, condominium, apartment building and or student residence. This order does not impact occupancy limits for places of business and does not include a gathering held at a place of business or an organization held for reasons related to the operations of the business or an organization.
- All food and drink establishments must close to the public between 12 am and 5 am, with limited exceptions (e.g. to pick up or pay for a takeout order).
- All food and drink establishments must seat no more than five people together at a table.
- All food services and personal service settings must record contact information for all patrons. Businesses do not need not collect contact information for pick-up/carry-out orders.
- All retail businesses must have a safety plan that is in writing, available on request, and posted in a conspicuous place.
- All retail businesses and food and drink establishments must ensure music played is no louder than the volume of a normal conversation.
- The person responsible for a business or place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside, or to line up or congregate outside unless maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons and wearing an appropriate mask or face covering.
- All staff at retail businesses and food and drink establishments must wear appropriate personal protective equipment if providing services within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering and are not separated by an impermeable barrier (e.g., plexiglass). Protection of the eyes, nose, and mouth is required (i.e., goggles or face shields and surgical or procedural masks). This includes personal service settings and eating establishments where patrons temporarily remove their mask in order to receive services.
These orders are enforceable by County by-law officers and fines can be issued to business who do not comply. Read the order from the local medical officer of health.
Provincewide emergency orders
Municipal facilities and services are closed during the provincewide “emergency brake” shutdown.
The Government of Ontario has also issued a Stay-at-Home order and declared a third state of emergency in the province. Everyone should remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), getting exercise outdoors, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
Cases and Testing
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is the lead agency for information to Prince Edward County residents on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Visit the HPEPH dashboard for information about the number of cases in the region. The dashboard provides the number of confirmed and probable cases. HPEPH makes every effort to update this list daily by 11 am.
The Prince Edward County COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at the Prince Edward Community Centre (375 Picton Main Street) operates Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Appointments are required to ensure physical distancing and patient safety. Appointments can be made by calling 613.813.6864.
On Saturday and Sunday, messages may be left to arrange an appointment the following week. Those requiring weekend testing may call 613.961.5544 to arrange testing at the Belleville and Trenton assessment centres.
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 is to:
- Stay home
- Practise physical distancing – stay 2 metres away from anyone who is not in your household
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often
- Wear a mask while in indoor spaces
Common symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.
As with other illnesses, you should connect with a health care provider if you experience:
- A high fever
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, contact Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
Mandatory Face Covering or Mask
A face covering or mask must be worn in enclosed public spaces under County of Prince Edward By-Law 115-2020. The face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin. A face shield may be permitted where a cloth face covering is not practical or possible.
Wearing a face covering is an additional measure we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. This means that, with some exceptions, all customers or visitors entering an enclosed public space are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside. A mask or face covering is required at an outdoor market or farm stand when physical distancing is not possible.
County COVID Help Line
Residents can call 1.833.676.2148 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday to speak directly with County staff, who can connect them with:
- Volunteer delivery of food and other essentials
- Information on the County Food Depot’s food box program
- Critical community services
- Transportation options
- Sources of accurate and reliable public health information about the COVID-19 virus
The Edward Building is closed to the public during the provincewide shutdown. Applications for various building-related permits can be downloaded from the County website and emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: County of Prince Edward Building Department, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0.
Mail completed dog tag application forms and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton ON, KOK 2T0.
During the provincewide shutdown, the Clerk’s Office is offering services by appointment if the matter is urgent and cannot be handled any other way. Please call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or 613.962.9108 extension 1023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.