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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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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Children born in 2016 or earlier are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination! To book an appointment, visit Ontario.ca/book-vaccine. For additional information and resources, visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines-youth.

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first or second dose, can attend HPEPH walk-in clinics.

Individuals who are eligible for a 3rd dose/booster must book an appointment to receive a vaccine at our clinics.

All eligible individuals can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

PROOF OF VACCINATION

Download your proof of vaccination with QR code on the provincial booking site: covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

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 10 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.