Hastings Prince Edward Counties/ August 14, 2020
As part of its plan for the safe reopening of schools in September, on July 30, 2020, the provincial government announced an investment of $50 million to hire up to 500 additional school-focused nurses in public health units. These additional nurses will help support the safe return to school for students throughout the province.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) will receive provincial funding for up to six nursing positions. This is good news for our region, as this additional investment in public health will further support school boards and schools as they implement COVID-19 health and safety plans, including:
- Infection prevention and control;
- Surveillance, screening and testing;
- Outbreak management; and
- Case and contact management.
Public health nurses, health promoters, and public health inspectors play an important role in ongoing communication and engagement with parents and local school communities, as well as the broader health care sector. HPEPH is actively planning to utilize these additional positions to augment Healthy Schools programming and will be recruiting for these positions over the coming weeks.
Individuals interested in upcoming postings with public health should check hpePublicHealth.ca.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
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.