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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Have COVID-19 Symptoms? GET TESTED!

Did you know? Over the recent months, there has been growing evidence that certain groups of our population are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Based on local data from September 1, 2020 – December 14, 2020, we found the following:

  • 38% of COVID-19 cases are aged 20-29 years old which is much higher than expected as this age group only makes up 10.6% of the HPEPH population.
  • 32% of COVID-19 cases have been associated with workplace outbreaks. Most of these outbreak-related cases are from workplaces with 50+ employees.
  • 6% of households in HPEPH have 5 or more persons living in the home while at least 22% of cases live in households of 5 or more individuals. These high-occupancy household cases also have substantially more high-risk contacts and are linked to more cases than lower-occupancy households.

HPEPH has launched a targeted public health campaign aimed at increasing COVID-19 testing and lowering infection rates within this age group.

Get TESTED for COVID-19 if you are 29-29 years old and have ANY symptoms, even if they are mild (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, pink eye, headache, sore throat, running nose, stomach upset, fatigue, loss of smell or taste)

  • AND share a bedroom with a roommate
  • OR live with 5 or more people
  • OR work where physical distancing is difficult
  • OR are a post-secondary student

Testing is free and confidential, even if you do not have an Ontario Health Card. You won’t get in trouble and help protect others.

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit Ontario.ca.

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

HPEPH will continue to update hpePublicHealth.ca to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.