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HPEPH Encourages Residents to Prepare for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/March 2, 2020 – As cases of COVID-19 have now been detected in a number of countries around the world, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is preparing for the possibility that the virus could spread further.

Measures put in place to date have been effective in containing the spread in Canada, and while the current risk to Canadians remains low, this could change very rapidly.  HPEPH is working with national, provincial, and local health care partners to contain COVID-19. However, as more cases emerge across the province, there is a strong possibility that this virus could emerge locally.   

“HPEPH is encouraging local residents to ensure they are prepared to self-isolate for two weeks in the event that they, or someone in their home, become ill with COVID-19”, says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “If an individual is asked to self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they will be asked to stay in their home and limit contact with others.”

HPEPH recommends that residents take four basic steps to ensure they are prepared for a potential COVID-19 outbreak in the community:

Ensure you are prepared

  • Ensure you have enough supplies and essentials to stay in your home for up to 2 weeks

Make a contingency plan

  • Make plans to ensure care for your dependants in the event you become ill or are asked to self-isolate

Know the risks

Practice good infection control procedures

For more information and detailed recommendations, please visit HPEPH’s Outbreak Preparedness web page.

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Media Contact:
Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
613-966-5500 x 464 or 613-848-2398           
etubbs@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.