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HPEPH to Receive Provincial Funding for School Health Nurses

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.

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Media Contact:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@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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Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at Ontario.ca or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

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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.