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Infection Prevention and Control

Children in child care centres are more prone to infections due to exposure to a greater number of germs. To help prevent the spread of respiratory infections and contagious diseases in child care centres:

  1. Ensure children in your facility are immunized.
  2. Encourage parents to keep sick children home until they are well enough to participate in all activities.
  3. Teach children good personal hygiene, including hand washing, not sharing personal items, cutlery or drink cups/bottles, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or their elbow.
  4. Ensure surfaces in your facility are cleaned and disinfected properly.
  5. Report any suspected or confirmed communicable diseases or outbreaks within your facility to the Public Health Communicable Disease Intake Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

Additional Resources:

Need More Information About Infection Prevention and Control?

Call the Communicable Disease Intake Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

HPEPH is currently offering vaccine to eligible groups. In order to keep our phone lines free for those who are currently eligible, please do NOT contact us to inquire about vaccinations unless you have been invited to participate.

Groups Currently Eligible to Book at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine:

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
  • Health care or personal support workers
  • Childcare workers (licensed & unlicensed)
  • Education workers (including special education)
  • Residents and staff in care homes and group living settings (including essential caregivers)
  • People with highest-risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, pregnancy, organ transplant, multiple sclerosis)
  • People with high risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, BMI of over 40, chemotherapy, Down syndrome)
  • People with at-risk health conditions (for example, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes)
  • Chronic home health care recipients
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, including members of their household
  • People who cannot work from home (Group One and Group Two)

Groups Eligible to Book at Pharmacies:

Groups Eligible to Pre-Register

For booking information for eligible individuals, please visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

A province-wide Stay-at-Home order is in effect, and requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Please avoid close contact with anyone outside your household. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

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 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.