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COVID 19 Resource Page

COVID-19 Vaccines

Fourth Dose Eligibility

You can receive a fourth dose if you  are 60+, OR First Nation, Inuit or Métis, OR are immunocompromised.

If you received your last dose between 84-139 days prior to the clinic date, you must CALL the provincial hotline to book. Appointments will only show up online if your last dose was 140+ days prior to the clinic date.

Future clinics

Information about future clinics in Prince Edward County will be announced as the location, dates, and times are confirmed. Continue to check the online provincial portal for upcoming clinics.

Additional vaccination opportunities:

Vaccination opportunities are also available at the following locations:

  • In Prince Edward County, through regular pop-up clinics hosted by Prince Edward Family Health Team. Dates and locations for these clinics are to be determined. Check the Family Health Team website for clinic dates and times.
  • At local pharmacies. Visit the Provincial vaccine information site for availability.
  • In Belleville at the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health office (179 North Park Street) Visit the Ontario vaccination portal or check the HPEPH website for dates and booking information.
  • Through some primary care providers. Contact your primary care provider to discuss availability.

Testing and Cases

Effective December 31, 2021, PCR testing will only be recommended for eligible individuals. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 but are not eligible for testing, please isolate as directed by the province. Visit the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website for more details.

The Prince Edward County COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at the Prince Edward Community Centre is now closed. Information about COVID-19 assessment centres in our region can be found on the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website.

Municipal Buildings and Services

Arenas, town halls, museums and community centres:

The Province of Ontario has moved to the third phase of its re-opening plan as of March 1, 2022. The Province has lifted proof of vaccination requirements and capacity limits in all indoor public settings. 

The County has updated its services to align with the provincial guidelines:

  • Capacity limits at municipal recreation and community facilities are lifted.
  • Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter these facilities.
  • As of March 21, masks will no longer be required in indoor settings with the exception of public transit, healthcare settings, long-term care settings and congregate care settings.
  • The municipality will continue enhanced cleaning of dressing rooms at the arenas in Wellington and Picton to ensure the health and safety of users.
  • Canteens and vending machines in the arenas are permitted to reopen.
  • Outside food and drink is permitted throughout the arenas.
  • The County Museums are open. For details on each location, events and hours of operation please visit the Museums’ webpage.
  • Public skating has resumed. Click here to view the schedules.

Customer service (payments, Clerk’s office, burn permits, etc.): 

Drop-in service has resumed at municipal offices at the Edward Building (280 Picton Main Street) and the Picton fire station (8 McDonald Drive).

Edward Building hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Picton fire station hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4 pm

To limit contact and ensure the safety of both the public and staff, the County urges the public to access services online whenever possible.

Council and committee meetings

Council and Committee meetings are being held virtually until further notice. The public can watch Council, Committee of the Whole, and Planning Committee meetings live on the County’s YouTube channel. Members of the public who want to make a deputation or provide a comment as an audience member can do so through Zoom. Email the Clerk’s office at clerks@pecounty.on.ca for more information.

Mask requirements

As of March 21, masks will no longer be required in indoor settings with the exception of public transit, healthcare settings, long-term care settings and congregate care settings.

In line with provincial and local public health measures, masks and vaccination proof are no longer mandatory to enter County of Prince Edward facilities. Though face masks are not mandatory, some people may choose to keep wearing their masks. The County encourages the public to be kind and respectful to others, regardless of whether they are wearing a mask or not.

The County encourages people visiting any County facility to conduct a self-health assessment for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering. The County asks that anyone with symptoms not visit until symptoms have cleared.

Public Library

In-person book browsing and computer use is available at the Prince Edward County Public Libraries. Curbside service is available at all branches. Visit the Library website for more information about available services and updates about returning to in-person programming.

 

More Information and Resources

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Province of Ontario – Ministry of Health

Public Health Ontario

Government of Canada

Public Health Measures

Provincial Reopening

Visit the Provincial COVID-19 public health measures webpage for information on the current measures.

Protection

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Stay home when you are sick or exposed
  • Practice physical distancing and avoid crowded spaces
  • Spend time outdoors or in well-ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wear a well-fitted mask in public
  • Practice respiratory etiquette and keep things clean. Wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes, and clean high-touch surfaces frequently

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.

County COVID Help Line

Residents can call 1.833.676.2148 from 8:30 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