COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 mass immunization clinics are now being offered locally to eligible residents in Northumberland County, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton County against COVID-19.

Appointments are booked based on the priority outlined in the provincial vaccine distribution plan and are based on the local availability of vaccine.


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How to Book a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment:
  • If you were born in 1961 or earlier, you MUST book through the provincial booking system or calling 1-888-999-6488. The Health Unit cannot book an appointment for you.
  • If you are not booking based on age, but think you are eligible to be vaccinated, please click here to see if you are eligible and how you can book your vaccine appointment.
  • Once a clinic is filled, it will no longer be visible on the provincial booking system.
  • There are still vaccination appointments open in Haliburton and Minden on April 23, 24, 25. Please book through the provincial booking system.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: You will receive a confirmation code when you have successfully booked your appointment. Please bring this code with you to the clinic as required to proceed with your appointment. If you do not have a confirmation code, then please do not go to the clinic event as it means you do not have an appointment. Please instead revisit the online system or call the customer service desk to book your appointment and receive your confirmation code.
Are you eligible to book?

Click here to see if you are eligible for a vaccine and follow the steps to see how you can book an appointment.

Booking Online

Visit www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine

When booking an appointment, individuals will be asked for information from their green Ontario health card, birth date, postal code and email address and/or phone number. Individuals with an expired health card can still book an appointment. Individuals with a red and white health card will need to call the provincial information line.

At the time of booking, eligible individuals will schedule their first and second vaccination appointments.

Phone Line

Call 1-888-999-6488

Individuals born in 1961 or earlier who do not have internet access, can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488. Phone lines will be open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More information about booking an appointment: Book A Vaccination Appointment and Frequently Asked Questions

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Local Vaccination Clinics

Additional clinic appointments are added to the provincial booking system, as more COVID-19 vaccines arrive locally.

Northumberland County

Cobourg Community Centre750 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg (view map)

Trent Hills Emergency Services Base, 50 Doxsee Avenue, Campbellford (view map)

City of Kawartha Lakes

Lindsay Exhibition (LEX)354 Angeline Street South, Lindsay (view map)

The LEX Clinic will operate as a drive-through model, meaning individuals will remain in their vehicles for the duration of their appointment. There will be signage and hospital staff on-site to help navigate where to go.

Those with appointments are asked to arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to their appointment time to check in. Individuals being vaccinated should wear a loose, comfortable shirt and must bring their Ontario health card.

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Haliburton County

Haliburton Family Medical Centre (Second Floor)7217 Gelert Road, Haliburton (view map)

MINDEN: S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena55 Parkside Street, Minden (view map)

HALBIBURTON: A.J. LaRue Community Centre728 Mountain Street, Haliburton (view map)

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Please note: vaccination appointments are booked based on vaccine availability

Please note: additional clinics and or clinic locations may be added in the coming weeks.


Pharmacy Vaccine Locations

More Ontario pharmacies are now offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people 55 years of age and older. You can book an appointment for this free vaccine if you:

  • will be 55 years of age or older in 2021.
  • have a valid Ontario health card, or other form of valid government-issued identification.

Please note that you MUST contact the pharmacy directly to make an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted, and please do not contact the Health Unit as we have no involvement in this program.

Local Pharmacy Clinic Locations

At this time, only a few select pharmacies in the local Health Unit region are offering these vaccines. They include:

Northumberland County

  • Brighton: Remedy’s Rx (24 Main St.) – To book an appointment, click here.
  • Campbellford: Rx Drug Mart (16 Grand Rd.) – Call 705-653-1885 or click here to book an appointment.
  • Cobourg: Pharmacy 101 (464 Division St.) – Took an appointment, call 905-269-0828.
  • Cobourg: Wal-Mart Pharmacy (73 Strathy Rd.) – To book an appointment, click here.
  • Port Hope: Pharmasave (60 Ontario St.) – To book an appointment, click here.
  • Port Hope: Shoppers Drug Mart (249 Ontario St.) – To book an appointment, call (905) 885-8740 or click here.

City of Kawartha Lakes

  • Bobcaygeon: Shoppers Drug Mart (85 Bolton St.) – To book an appointment, click here.
  • Lindsay: Loblaw Pharmacy (400 Kent St. W.) – To book an appointment, click here.
  • Lindsay: Kawartha Lakes Pharmacy (55 Angeline St. N., Unit 4A) – To book an appointment, call 705-324-2929 or click here.
  • Lindsay: Shoppers Drug Mart (343 Kent St. W., Unit 341) – To book an appointment, click here.

Haliburton County

  • Haliburton: Rexall (224 Highland St.) – To book an appointment, call 705-457-1112 or click here.
  • Haliburton: Shoppers Drug Mart (186 Highland St.) – To book an appointment, click here.
Other Pharmacy Locations in Ontario

For other pharmacies taking place in this program, visit the Ontario government’s Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine page. You can search the list of pharmacies by community or using your postal code.


Vaccination Clinics for Indigenous Adults

Vaccination clinics are being held for Indigenous adults (18+) and their household members (18+).

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Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Vaccines

Are You Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Provincial Vaccine Distribution Plan


Provincial State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order in Effect

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Latest Update:

  • The Provincial State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order put in place on April 8 are now being extended an extra two weeks (to at least May 20). This is part of new enhanced measures announced by the Province on April 16 to stop the spread of COVID-19. All of Ontario, including Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, is covered by these measures.
  • As part of the Stay-at-Home Order, you must stay home as much as possible, except to go out for essential purposes. This includes: going to the grocery store/pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated for COVID-19), outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Under the updated restrictions, police and other provincial offences officers will have new temporary powers to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order. This includes: being able to ask people where they live and why they aren’t at their home, and having the discretion to issue $750 tickets if the person declines to respond to questions or provide a valid reason.
  • Additional measures announced on April 16 by the Province include:
    • Closure of all outdoor amenities like golf courses, playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields and tennis courts (with limited exceptions).
    • Reducing capacity limits to 25% in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies (which before could operate at 50% capacity)
    • Banning all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events except with members of the same household. (NOTE: people who live alone can have exclusive contact with one other family).
    • Shutting down all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector.
    • As of Monday (April 19), limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings for religious services, weddings and funerals to no more than 10 people. Social gatherings associated with these services are prohibited, except for members of the same household. Drive-in services will still be allowed.
    • Banning interprovincial travel except for essential reasons (as of Monday, April 19, checkpoints are to be set up at Ontario border crossings into Manitoba and Quebec)
    • Allowing non-essential retailers to continue offering curbside pickup and delivery
  • Please read on below for additional information, including what and how businesses are impacted by these measures.

Key Measures in Shutdown

Below are highlights of the control measures. For full details, including on the Stay-at-Home Order and which businesses can open and operate (or remain closed), visit the Province’s information page:

Stay-at-Home Order

Essential reasons to leave home include:

  • Going to get groceries and other essentials
  • Getting medications and other supplies at the pharmacy
  • Accessing health care services (including medical appointments and getting your COVID-19 vaccination)
  • Going outside for exercise (but not to use parks and other outdoor amenities which are now closed)
  • Going to work (if you cannot do it remotely)
  • Going to daycare
  • Helping others, including providing care, support and assistance to those who need it
  • Protecting yourself (for example, escaping domestic violence)
  • Caring for animals (e.g. walking your dog, accessing veterinarian services, buying pet food/supplies).
  • Attending a wedding, funeral, or religious service.

Increased Powers to Enforce Stay-at-Home Order

  • Under the updated restrictions, police will have temporary, but increased powers to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order.
  • This includes: being able to ask people where they live and why they aren’t at their home, and having the discretion to issue $750 tickets if the person declines to respond to questions or provide a valid reason.
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Religious Services, Weddings and Funerals

NEW: As of 12:01 am on April 19, reduced limits are in place for religious services, weddings and funerals.

  • No more than 10 people are allowed to gather indoors or outdoors for weddings, funerals and religious services. Physical distancing must be maintained, and attendees must wear masks or face coverings.
  • Social gatherings associated with these services (such as receptions) are not allowed, except for members of the same household.
  • Virtual services are permitted — and may be the best option at this time.
  • Drive-in services, are permitted.
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Gatherings and Other Considerations
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings are NOT allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with).
  • NOTE: Anyone who lives alone will still be able to spend time (have close contact) with one other household to reduce the impacts of isolation.
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Schools and Daycares
  • Due to rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, all elementary and secondary schools in Ontario will shift to teacher-led, remote learning on April 19. No date for a return to in-person learning has been set.
  • Child care for non-school aged children will remain open, but before and after school programs will be closed. Free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided. 
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How and What Businesses Are Affected – Overview
  • Click here for a full list of businesses that can open and the restrictions now in place.
  • NEW: Capacity limits at all retail settings where in-person shopping is permitted is limited to 25% capacity. Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, and other stores that primarily sell food must now operate at this 25% capacity (down from 50% capacity). Curbside pick-up and delivery can also be offered.
  • All non-essential retailers must close to in-person shopping. They are only allowed to operate with curbside pickup and delivery (by appointment) between 7 am and 8 pm.
  • Discount and big-box stores can remain open, but only to sell essential goods such as: grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmacy items, health care items, and personal care items only. Capacity for in-person shopping is limited to 25% capacity. Curbside pick-up and delivery can also be offered.
  • Restaurants can only be open for takeout, delivery and drive through. Indoor and outdoor dining are not allowed.
  • Shopping malls must close for in-person shopping, and are limited to curbside pickup via appointment and delivery.
  • Gyms, fitness clubs, concert venues/theatres/cinemas (includes drive-in or drive-through events), barbershops, spas, hair salons and other select businesses remain closed. Click here for a full list of businesses that must stay closed.
  • A select group of stores are allowed to remain open by appointment only with a 25 per cent capacity limit (hours are restricted from 7 am to 8 pm). These include:
    • Safety supply stores
    • Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies
    • Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental
    • Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public
    • Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft
    • Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services
    • Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.
  • Outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, as well as indoor greenhouses can remain open, but must operate at a 25% capacity limit and restrict their hours from 7 am to 8 pm.
  • NEW: Golf courses, parks/playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, frisbee golf locations, cycling trails, horse riding facilities and other outdoor amenities are now closed.
  • Seasonal campgrounds are closed. Campsites can only be made available for trailers and recreational vehicles that are: i) used by individuals who need housing and ii) permitted to be there by the terms of a full-season contract. Only campsites with electricity, water services, and sewage disposal facilities can be provided. All recreational facilities and shared facilities (other than washrooms and showers) in the campground must be closed.
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Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order – Government of Ontario

Click on the following links for additional support:

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Public Health Inspector – Summary

Public Health Inspector – Health Protection Division

Competition #0012-21

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) is recruiting for a full-time Public Health Inspector for our Health Protection Division based in our Haliburton office.

Position Summary:

Within the Health Promotion Division, the Research Analyst is accountable for the implementation of selected components of the Harm Reduction Enhancement program of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) 2018 and other duties as assigned by Health Promotion Management.

As a member of the Health Protection Division, the Public Health Inspector is accountable to Health Protection Management for the implementation of the assigned Requirements of the Environmental Health Program Standards of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) 2018 and related legislation and protocols including but not limited to the:

Health Protection and Promotion Act
Healthy Menu Choices Act
Skin Cancer Prevention Act
Safe Drinking Water Act and all application regulations
Safe Drinking Water and Fluoride Monitoring Protocol
Food Safety Protocol
Infection Prevention and Control Protocol
Infection Prevention and Control Complaints Protocol
Infection Prevention and Control Disclosure Protocol
Infectious Diseases Protocol
Rabies Prevention and Control Protocol
Recreational Water Protocol

Areas of emphasis may include any combination of the following: Food Safety, Safe Water, Healthy Environments including Health Hazard Prevention and Management, Personal Services Settings, Infection Prevention and Control, Prevention and Management of Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention, and Rabies Prevention and Control.

The Public Health Inspector is expected to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team to apply, adapt, choose and/or recommend changes to established methods or procedures and/or to develop new procedures to complete assigned work.

Direction is to be sought when solutions to problems are not apparent and/or are not within the intent of established practices including scope of practice.
The position involves travel and variations of the working day.

The position involves travel and variations of the working day.

The successful candidate will have:

1. Education

  • Requirements for employment as a Public Health Inspector as per Qualifications for Public Health Professionals Protocol 2018
  • University degree in Environmental Health
  • CIPHI member in good standing

2. Experience

  • Prior experience in the enforcement of legislation is preferred
  • Review and understanding of engineering reports and procedures is preferred
  • Community/public health and/or health promotion experience is preferred
  • For assignments in Infection Prevention and Control including personal services setting inspection, infection control complaint/lapse, certification in infection control (CIC) and/or certification in reprocessing of medical devices is preferred

3. Other

  • Proficiency in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the role of Public Health, Front Line Provider as defined by the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada
  • Working knowledge of the OPHS
  • Individuals granted certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) after January 1, 2017, will be required to maintain a regular membership with CIPHI and participate in the Continuing Professional Competencies (CPC) program
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for work
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Proof of immunizations required by HKPRDHU
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period (6 months)

Start Date: TBD
Salary Range: CUPE Scale 2021 – $78,336 – $85,991
Location: Haliburton


Accommodations are available, upon request, to support the participation of persons with disabilities in the recruitment process. All recruitment documents are available in alternative format, upon request.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12th, 2021 to.

Human Resources
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
200 Rose Glen Road
Port Hope ON L1A 3V6
Tel: 1-866-888-4577  Fax: 905-885-9551
E-mail: jobs@hkpr.on.ca

We would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Public Health Inspector – Description

Position Summary

As a member of the Health Protection Division, the Public Health Inspector is accountable to Health Protection Management for the implementation of the assigned Requirements of the Environmental Health Program Standards of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) 2018 and related legislation and protocols including but not limited to the:

Health Protection and Promotion Act
Healthy Menu Choices Act
Skin Cancer Prevention Act
Safe Drinking Water Act and all application regulations
Safe Drinking Water and Fluoride Monitoring Protocol
Food Safety Protocol
Infection Prevention and Control Protocol
Infection Prevention and Control Complaints Protocol
Infection Prevention and Control Disclosure Protocol
Infectious Diseases Protocol
Rabies Prevention and Control Protocol
Recreational Water Protocol

Areas of emphasis may include any combination of the following: Food Safety, Safe Water, Healthy Environments including Health Hazard Prevention and Management, Personal Services Settings, Infection Prevention and Control, Prevention and Management of Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention, and Rabies Prevention and Control.

The Public Health Inspector is expected to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team to apply, adapt, choose and/or recommend changes to established methods or procedures and/or to develop new procedures to complete assigned work.

Direction is to be sought when solutions to problems are not apparent and/or are not within the intent of established practices including scope of practice.

The position involves travel and variations of the working day.

Duties and Responsibilities
Administration and Human Resources
  • Maintains knowledge of and complies with Health Unit, departmental and divisional policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
  • Maintains knowledge of and complies with the current collective agreement with the local bargaining unit of CUPE.
  • Participates in performance management.
  • Advises Director/Manager of issues, needs and accomplishments.
  • Generates regular, timely, complete and accurate records and reports to adequately reflect the implementation of the assigned program areas and reports as required by Health Protection Management and/or the MOH.
  • In consultation with Health Protection Division members and Management, may assist in the planning, preceptorship and evaluation of placements for students in appropriate fields of study.
  • Works in accordance with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
  • Consults with the Chief Nursing Officer on matters related to professional practice.
Professional
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and effectively without close supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct quality inspections.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply initiative, tact, diplomacy, and judgement in work-related engagements including enforcement.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and re-organize workload as priorities and demands change.
  • Computer literacy using inspection databases (e.g., Hedgehog)
  • Maintains effective working relationships with Health Unit staff, and personnel of other community agencies and volunteers.
  • Provides information and advice to Health Protection Management, Health Unit staff, community partners and the public regarding assigned program areas.
  • Maintains competency by attending appropriate continuing education workshops, conferences and seminars, through private study and/or participation in networks as approved by Health Protection Management.
  • Liaises with Ministry Consultants, elected and appointed Officials, other health units, provincial organizations, and other agencies in consultation with Health Protection Management and/or MOH.
  • Represents the Health Unit, division and/or assigned program areas on committees, boards and task forces as appropriate and as approved by EH Management.
  • Provides consultation to municipal representatives and the public regarding regulatory requirements as they pertain to water, food safety, health hazards, personal services settings, rabies control, and emergency response.
Financial
  • May recommend to Health Protection Division members and Management the purchase of equipment, supplies and materials necessary for the assigned programs.
  • In consultation with Health Protection Management, may prepare budget for assigned projects, obtaining community partner input (and approval, if necessary) as appropriate.
  • May assist in the preparation of proposals for external funding to enhance programs and research projects.
  • May provide input to draft financial reports for approval by Health Protection Management in preparation for submission to outside funders as required.
Program
  • Participates in collaborative, cooperative, coordinated work within assigned program areas and with other Health Unit staff and partners as appropriate to support the efficient and effective implementation of assigned programs.
  • Participates in the implementation of the emergency preparedness and response plan as assigned.
  • In collaboration with Health Protection Division members and community partners as appropriate, participates in the assessment, planning, development, implementation, evaluation and documentation of assigned Health Protection Division programs.
  • Participates in division, team and individual meetings as requested by Health Protection Management to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of assigned programs.
  • Participates in 24-hour on call responsibilities as required.
  • Participates in the maintenance of current environmental health database systems and/or electronic medical records.
  • Participates in existing community partnerships as assigned and/or creates community partnerships to facilitate implementation of assigned programs.
  • Participates in research projects as assigned.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement initiatives as assigned.
  • Complies with the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s relevant best practice documents.
Physical
  • Works in a safe manner as required by Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
  • Performs work in an environment with frequent exposure to major disagreeable conditions or hazards.
  • Does medium physical activity of long duration and heavy activity of intermediate duration.
  • Performs work involving almost continuous periods of mental, visual and/or auditory concentration of intermediate duration and/or frequent periods of long duration.
  • Detects and works toward eliminating health hazards in all assigned areas.
Qualifications
1. Education
  • Requirements for employment as a Public Health Inspector as per Qualifications for Public Health Professionals Protocol 2018
  • University degree in Environmental Health
  • CIPHI member in good standing
2.Experience
  • Prior experience in the enforcement of legislation is preferred
  • Review and understanding of engineering reports and procedures is preferred
  • Community/public health and/or health promotion experience is preferred
  • For assignments in Infection Prevention and Control including personal services setting inspection, infection control complaint/lapse, certification in infection control (CIC) and/or certification in reprocessing of medical devices is preferred
3.Other
  • Proficiency in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the role of Public Health, Consultant/Specialist as defined by the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada
  • Working knowledge of the OPHS
  • Individuals granted certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) after January 1, 2017, will be required to maintain a regular membership with CIPHI and participate in the Continuing Professional Competencies (CPC) program
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for work
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Proof of immunizations required by HKPRDHU
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period (6 months)

Communications Officer – Corporate Services – Summary

Communications Officer Temporary Full Time (Contract – 9 months)

Competition #0007-21

Position Summary:

The Communications Officer is responsible for assisting with the development and maintenance of the Health Unit’s communications program. The Communications Officer will work with the Manager, Corporate Services; Communication and IT Services to provide strategic media relations advice in response to media inquiries; assist in the development of potential story ideas; write feature articles for target markets and produce support materials for the media.

For full details about the position, please visit our ‘Careers’ section on our website: www.hkpr.on.ca

The successful candidate will have:

1. Education

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in corporate communications, journalism, public relations or marketing

OR

  • The equivalent education and/or experience as determined by the Manager, Corporate Services; Communication and IT Services

2. Experience

  • Experience in planning and developing advertising/promotional campaigns for diverse populations
  • Experience in developing communication strategies for diverse populations
  • Ability to develop and implement communication strategies and vehicles for a wide variety of target groups with varying levels of budget
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in media relations and media advocacy
  • Experience in photography/videography
  • Experience with website design and maintenance
  • Ability to research and provide comprehensive reports
  • Ability to work with senior management, media, elected officials and members of the public in a diplomatic and tactful manner
  • Attentive to detail and deadlines and an ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Ability to apply innovation and creativity to all projects
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to be a self-starter who can work independently
  • Excellent computer skills that includes experience with programs such as Microsoft 365, Outlook and WordPress.

3. Other

  • Knowledge of the OPHS
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Proof of immunizations required by HKPRDHU
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period (6 months)

Start Date: Immediately
Term: Temporary Full-Time (Contract – 9 months)
Salary Range : CUPE 2021 Salary Grid – $64,148 – $71,435
Location: Port Hope


Accommodations are available, upon request, to support the participation of persons with disabilities in the recruitment process. All recruitment documents are available in alternative format, upon request.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter by 4:30 pm February 19, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
200 Rose Glen Road
Port Hope ON L1A 3V6
Tel: 1-866-888-4577  Fax: 905-885-9551
E-mail: jobs@hkpr.on.ca

We would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Communications Officer – Corporate Services – Description

Position Summary

The Communications Officer is responsible for assisting with the development and maintenance of the Health Unit’s communications program. The Communications Officer will work with the Manager, Corporate Services; Communication and IT Services to provide strategic media relations advice in response to media inquiries; assist in the development of potential story ideas; write feature articles for target markets and produce support materials for the media.

Duties and Responsibilities
Administration and Human Resources
  • Assists in providing cost quotes for communication strategies and advertising campaigns
  • Provides timely and complete job and financial progress reports as requested
  • Assists in the maintenance of a current media listing
  • Responsible for collecting and distributing to staff daily media links and updates
  • Works in accordance with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Consults with the Chief Nursing Officer on matters related to professional practice
  • Provides administrative support for responsibilities such as the distribution of advertising, development of ad hoc cost charts
Professional
  • Provides consultative support to Health Unit programs, staff, and committees on the development of communication materials
  • Provides input and suggestions on communications strategies to Health Unit staff
  • Provides input, training and consultative support to Health Unit staff responding to media inquiries
  • Develops and maintains a strong working relationship with media in the surrounding area
  • Keeps abreast of trends in both print and broadcast media
  • Maintains professional competency by attending appropriate continuing education workshops, conferences, seminars, and through private study
Financial
  • Provides timely and complete financial progress reports on projects and advertising as requested
Program
  • Assists in the writing and editing of copy used in the production of Health Unit publications and products, including newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, media advisories, advertising campaigns, workshop materials, social media posts, blogs and newspaper columns
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of editorial content of the Health Unit’s on-line communication vehicles, including the website and intranet
  • Assists in the costing, selection and co-ordination of projects done by out-of-house design, print and production companies
  • Assists in the development and production of Health Unit promotional videos as required
  • Assists in the development and production of advertising/promotional campaigns, and supporting materials
  • Assists in the negotiation of contracts for cost-effective paid advertising
  • Provides website support, as required
  • Organizes or provides assistance in the co-ordination of special events
  • Photographs/videotapes Health Unit staff, events and programs for use in promotional materials
  • Responds to public inquiries for information
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement initiatives as assigned
  • Participates in the implementation of the emergency preparedness and response plan as assigned
  • Complies with the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s relevant best practice documents
Physical
  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the Manager, Corporate Services; Communication and IT Services
  • Uses initiative and creativity to complete projects in a timely, cost-efficient method
  • Seeks direction and intervention from Manager, Corporate Services; Communication and IT Services when errors result from inappropriate recommendations or decisions
  • Assists in the identification and elimination of health hazards in all assigned areas
  • Does occasional physical activity with frequent long periods of visual and/or auditory concentration
Qualifications
1. Education
  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in corporate communications, journalism, public relations or marketing

OR

  • The equivalent education and/or experience as determined by the Manager, Corporate Services; Communication and IT Services
2.Experience
  • Experience in planning and developing advertising/promotional campaigns for diverse populations
  • Experience in developing communication strategies for diverse populations
  • Ability to develop and implement communication strategies and vehicles for a wide variety of target groups with varying levels of budget
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in media relations and media advocacy
  • Experience in photography/videography
  • Experience with website design and maintenance
  • Ability to research and provide comprehensive reports
  • Ability to work with senior management, media, elected officials and members of the public in a diplomatic and tactful manner
  • Attentive to detail and deadlines and an ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Ability to apply innovation and creativity to all projects
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to be a self-starter who can work independently
  • Excellent computer skills that includes experience with programs such as Microsoft 365, Outlook and WordPress.
3.Other
  • Knowledge of the OPHS
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Proof of immunizations required by HKPRDHU
  • Satisfactory completion of probationary period (6 months)

COVID-19 and Schools

The Health Unit continues to work closely with local school boards and other public health units to ensure a safe return for all students, staff and families. Please read on for more information and resources for parents, school board staff and students.

Current Situation

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For Parents
Screening Your Child for COVID-19 Symptoms
What to Do If Your Child Does Not Pass Screening
Protocols When Student/Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 Symptoms
Provincial Resources

Guidance documents and resources:

Local School Board Resources

Learn how your local school board is working to support a safe return to class:


Frequently Asked Questions

Should I have my child tested for COVID-19 before they return to school?

Testing your child before returning to school is generally not recommended if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, unless they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What if my child shows symptoms before going to school or while at school?

As per the Ministry of Education Guide to Reopening Ontario Schools, all students and staff must self-screen every day using a checklist before arriving at school. If a student or staff member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention.

If a student or staff member feels sick, or develops symptoms while at school, schools will follow the following protocol:

  • Students or staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be separated from others, and the family will be contacted to arrange pick-up.
  • Staff and students with symptoms will be directed to seek medical advice including the recommendation of testing for COVID 19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical provider. Check out local COVID 19 Assessment Centre locations, and book an appointment for COVID- 19 testing.
  • Siblings/staff of ill individual can remain in school until further medical advice is received and should self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Staff and/or students who receive an alternative diagnosis than COVID-19 can return to school once they are symptom-free for 24 hours.

Can I go to work if I don’t have any symptoms but my child is ill and we are waiting on results from their COVID-19 test?

If your child is symptomatic and has been tested for COVID-19, you and your family, including siblings, should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. You can continue to go to school and/or work if you have no symptoms.

  • If while self-monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 develop, self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 (and no longer attend work and school).
  • If any members of your household test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Public Health directly with more detailed advice.

What if there is a positive case in my child’s school?

If a COVID-19 positive case is identified in a school, staff from the Health Unit will provide further instructions on who else in the school may need testing and/or monitoring/isolation at that time. Staff/children who are being managed by public health (e.g. confirmed cases of COVID-19, household contacts of cases, etc.) must follow the instructions provided by the HKPR District Health Unit on when they can return to school.

What if a parent/guardian tests positive for COVID-19?

Parents/guardians are not required to report their test results to their school, however it is recommended. Members of your household are required to self-isolate and should not attend work or school. If your child is at school, your child should be picked up immediately. Staff from the HKPR District Health Unit will be in contact with you for assessment and provide further direction.

Who will declare an outbreak at the school?

The Heath Unit will declare an outbreak after identifying two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff (or other visitors) in a school with an epidemiological link where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before/after school care).

Examples of reasonably having acquired infection in school include:

  • No obvious source of infection outside of the school setting; OR
  • Known exposure in the school setting

HKPR District Health Unit staff will work closely with the school to determine close contacts of the case and will provide direction on isolation and facilitate testing.

Are masks now mandatory for all students?

Mandatory masking now applies for all students in Grades 1 to 12. Mask use is also required for before- and after-school programs, as well as on school vehicles. While not required, students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten are also encouraged to wear masks.

Masks must now also be worn outdoors when physical distancing can’t be maintained.


Additional Resources

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For School Board Staff

Click on the following resources for guidance on safe school reopening during COVID-19:

Protocols for Individuals/Schools With COVID-19
Guidance/Checklists for Reopening Schools
For School Staff
School Nutrition Programs – Guidance and FAQs
For School Bus Drivers/Operators

Changes to Health Unit Services in Schools Due to COVID-19

Due to the pandemic, the following services in schools are being impacted:

  • School-Based Immunization for Grade 7/8 students will not take place this fall due to COVID-19. Normally, the Health Unit provides vaccines for Hep B, HPV and Meningococcal. You can still ensure your Grade 7/8 student is vaccinated for these illnesses, as the Health Unit is offering appointment-based clinics at its offices (with full COVID-19 prevention measures in place). Book your child’s vaccination appointment by calling 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.
  • Dental Screening for students in schools has been postponed until further notice. If your child has a toothache or cavity AND you are unable to pay for dental treatment, the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program may be able to help pay for dental care costs. For help to enroll your child in the HSO program, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247.
  • Vision Screening for SK students has been cancelled for the 2020/21 school year. It’s recommended you call an optometrist to book a FREE eye examination for your child. To find an optometrist in your area, visit the College of Optometrists of Ontario or call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1216.

For Students

Check out these resources to help stay safe at school during the pandemic:

About COVID-19
Washing Hands
Fighting Germs
Wearing Masks
Mental Health Support

COVID-19 and Daycares

Licensed child care centres are now open and operating at full capacity, but under strict protective measures due to COVID-19.

Current Situation:

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For Child Care Providers

Child care providers must follow various COVID-19 prevention measures to protect children in their care. These measures include:

  • Ensuring all child care staff and other adults wear medical masks and eye protection (i.e. face shields) at all times while inside the child care premises, including in hallways
  • Conducting frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the facility. Frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, water fountains, light switches, tabletops, electronics and toilet/faucet handles should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day as they are most likely to become contaminated.
  • Carrying out daily COVID-19 screening of children, staff and visitors before they can enter a childcare facility
  • Maintaining attendance records to allow for COVID-19 contact tracing and coordination if needed
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing and proper hand hygiene for children and staff
  • Following clear and rigid case management protocols should a staff member or child become ill or test positive for COVID-19.

For specifics on what is required, child care providers should consult the following resources:

Ontario Government

HKPR District Health Unit


For Parents
Screening Your Child for COVID-19 Symptoms
What to Do If Your Child Does Not Pass Screening

For KPRDSB and PVNCCDSB Schools

For TLDSB Schools

Return to Child Care Protocol for Children with COVID-19 Symptoms

Health Unit Support

The Health Unit is working with local licensed child care centres to ensure they follow proper protocols to protect the safety of children, families and staff during the pandemic. If you have questions or concerns, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.


Additional Resources

Isolating During COVID-19

In certain cases, you MUST isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This protects you and others from illness, especially those more at risk from COVID-19 such as seniors and people with chronic medical conditions. With new COVID-19 variants of concern that can be spread easier now being detected in Ontario, it’s even more important to isolate or quarantine when directed (click here for links to FAQs on variants).

Please Note: On April 6, 2021, the local Medical Officer of Health issued the following updated Class Order under Section 22 (5.01.1) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This order replaces an original order pertaining to self-isolating due to COVID-19. The updated Class Order is designed to protect the health of local residents by reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

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When to Isolate

Public health staff* will give you further direction on when and how long to isolate or quarantine, depending on your circumstances. In general, you must isolate:

  1. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
  2. If you have the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested and are awaiting the results.
  3. If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms (even mild ones).
  4. You must quarantine if you are identified as a high-risk close contact of someone who has COVID-19, is awaiting test results or is believed to have symptoms.
  5. Parents and caregivers of anyone under age 16 who tests positive for COVID-19, is awaiting test results or is believed to have symptoms may also need to isolate.

**NOTE: Due to workload issues, Public Health Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Provincial Work Force (PHO) are assisting the Health Unit in following up with COVID-19 case and contacts in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. You may be contacted by public health staff from any of these organizations. Please follow their guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

FURTHER NOTE: The federal government also has mandatory quarantine and isolation orders in effect for travelers to and from Canada. Please click here for full details.


How Long to Isolate

You must remain in isolation or quarantine as directed by public health staff. In general, you must isolate for:

  • 10 days if diagnosed with mild to moderate COVID-19 illness and symptoms
  • 20 days if you suffered more severe COVID-19 illness (e.g. requiring Intensive Care Unit level support) or are immune-compromised.

You must quarantine for 14 days if you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or strongly suspected of having the virus.

Please follow specific public health guidance for isolating and quarantining, or call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020 for further direction.


Video Resources

Learn more by watching Health Unit videos further explaining what to expect if you are asked to isolate or quarantine:


How to Isolate
Stay home

Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares.

Do not go to work, school or other public places.

Stay home unless you need to get tested or require emergency medical care.


Avoid contact with others

No visitors unless essential (e.g. care providers)

Stay away from seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, lung problems, immune deficiency).

As much as possible, stay in a separate room away from other people in your home and use a separate bathroom if you have one.

Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (e.g. open windows).

If these steps are not possible, keep a distance of at least two metres (6 feet) from others at all times.


Keep your distance

If you are in a room with other people, keep a distance of at least two metres and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Other people should wear a mask when they are in the same room as you.


Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own cloth towel that no one else will share.

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.

Throw used tissues in a lined wastebasket, and wash your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal safer.

Clean your hands after emptying the wastebasket.


Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

Wear a mask if you must leave your house to see a health care provider or to get tested for COVID-19.

Wear a mask when you are within two metres of other people, or stay in a separate room.

If you do not have a mask, maintain two metres distance from people and cover your cough and sneezes


What should I do if I develop symptoms?
  • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
  • Contact Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) or your health care provider.
  • Anyone with whom you had close physical contact (e.g., in your household) in the two days before your symptoms started or after symptoms started should also isolate. If you have questions about this, call the local Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020.
  • You will be directed by public health staff on how long you need to isolate or quarantine.
  • When you stop isolating or quarantining, you should continue with measures to prevent COVID-19, including physical distancing and properly wearing a mask or face covering.
  • If you are still unwell at the end of your isolation or quarantine period, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction.

Isolating with No COVID-19 Symptoms (Older Adults and people with existing medical conditions)

After Your Isolation Period is Over

If you do not develop symptoms after your isolation period is over OR If you no longer have a fever and your symptoms have improved:

  • You can stop isolating, but for your protection, stay home except for essential trips (e.g. groceries and medication)
  • You MUST practise physical distancing measures when in public
  • Continue with frequent handwashing and avoid touching your face

If you are still unwell after this period, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction. You can also call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020.


Additional Resources

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