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This Version Posted: May 21, 2020

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Your Health
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COVID-19 has changed day-to-day routines, including how and when you drink alcohol. With alcohol sales increasing across Canada during the pandemic, experts worry stress and the isolation of physical distancing and working from home will lead to more people drinking alcohol more often. This is a concern even for ...
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It is essential to clean and disinfect common surfaces to reduce the spread of illnesses like COVID-19. Here's what to do:


What you should know
  • Commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19.
  • Frequently touched surfaces are ...
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Below are locations of the specific COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

  • Click here for general information about Testing for COVID-19, including answers to who, what, when, why and how.

City of Kawartha Lakes

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After weeks of restrictions, Ontario dental offices are being allowed to reopen. You can book an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning or any other treatment, including emergency and urgent care. But be aware of new rules and increased protective measures in place to prevent the spread of ...
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Hand Hygiene

Washing your hands is on of the best ways to keep yourself safe from the novel coronavirus. Click here to download a printable poster.

Step 1

Wet hands with warm running water.

Step 2
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How to Self-Monitor

It's important to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially to those most vulnerable. That's why it's essential to watch for symptoms.

Here's how to self-monitor if you are asked by your health care provider or public health unit to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

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Face masks have become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to know when and how to wear a mask properly.

Medical masks (like surgical and N-95):
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The current COVID-19 situation can feel overwhelming. Taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is essential, but you should also be sure to look after your mental health. Here’s what to do:

  • Maintain routines as you’re able, keeping in mind the importance to stay at ...
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Physical Distancing

NEW – Fact Sheet: Physical Distancing – Public Health Ontario

You are strongly urged to practise physical distancing as much as possible anytime you're outdoors or in the community. This is essential to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means limiting the number of people with whom ...
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Woman in fear of domestic abuse
Domestic Violence

While physical distancing, self-isolation and staying home are important messages during COVID-19, homes are not always safe places to be. For ...
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Home is the best place to be during COVID-19, especially with directives to self-isolate, practise physical distancing and limit non-essential trips.

With most injuries to young children already occurring at home, the risk can increase for everyone due to the change in daily routine during COVID-19 ...
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Washing hands, covering your cough, self-isolating, and practising physical distancing are all needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you currently use substances or other drugs, there’s added urgency to be safe. Not only is it important to avoid overdoses and reduce the risk of infections like HIV ...
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Health is in our hands! Let's prevent the spread of COVID-19 by using simple, but effective steps to protect our health:

Cover Your Cough

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the ...
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Many regular health care services and non-emergency medical procedures have been on hold due to COVID-19. Recently, the Province announced plans to resume some services and procedures -- albeit with strict protective measures put in place. At the same time, many hospitals report a significant drop in the number ...
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Self-Isolation

You MUST self-isolate in certain cases to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This helps protect you if you don’t have the virus. If you have the virus, self-isolating reduces the risk of you passing it on to others.

Please Note: On April 14, 2020, the ...
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Providing factual information about COVID-19 is important to fight fears about the virus19. Spreading lies and misinformation hurts people who read and believe it. Do your part by sharing factual, accurate COVID-19 information with family and friends.

Credible Sources of COVID-19 Information:

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The current COVID-19 situation is causing lots of stress and anxiety for people. It may be triggering you to smoke more often, restart your tobacco habit or put off quitting entirely.

This is understandable, but not the best approach. Even in these difficult times, many programs ...
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Stigma may not be a direct symptom of COVID-19, but it can be part of the fallout from the virus.

Stigma is the result of a bias shown towards a certain group of people. Stigma often takes the form of fear, blame, discrimination, unfair treatment and ...
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Testing for COVID-19 is a critical step in stopping the spread of illness. In certain cases, you may be directed by your health care provider or the Health Unit to be tested for COVID-19.

Where and When to Get Tested

Your Home
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Looking after each other during COVID-19 is important. Not only does this mean staying home and practising physical distancing as much as possible, it also means being neighbourly.

While most people who become ill with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms, older adults and people with existing ...
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Garage sale sign on the front yard of a suburban house with a woman looking at items on a table.

Does spring cleaning have you thinking about garage sales and getting rid of unwanted items? Think again.

Garage/Yard Sales

The Health Unit strongly discourages you from organizing or attending garage sales and yard sales at this ...
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Pets can support your happiness and well-being, especially in stressful times like COVID-19. If you are feeling well and not self-isolating due to COVID-19, walking your dog or spending time with your pet can keep you both healthy. Just remember to follow physical distancing rules when out in public ...
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Image of different home cleaning products sitting on the floor in a row

It is essential to clean and disinfect common surfaces to reduce the spread of illnesses like COVID-19. Here's what to do:


What you should know
  • Commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19.
  • Frequently touched surfaces are ...
    Read More
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Older adults and those with compromised immune system are most vulnerable to COVID-19. Do your part to protect their health!

If you are caring for or living with someone who has the virus, you are considered a ‘close contact’. Follow these tips on how to care for ...
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The COVID-19 is constantly changing, posing a health risk for all ages. In particular, it can be an anxious time for children. Along with continuing to practise physical distancing and taking other preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, consider these tips to support your children:

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Getting together with family, friends and other to celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions is common. Unfortunately, with COVID-19, it's not business as usual and large gatherings can do more harm than good.

Currently, everyone must follow Ontario’s order that forbids large gatherings of more ...
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Want to learn a new hobby while practising physical distancing? Home gardening is great for keeping distance and a rewarding pastime for you to do while at home during COVID-19.

There are many benefits to gardening. You can:

Father Playing Soccer In Garden With Son

With the nicer weather here, it’s normal to want to get outdoors enjoying the nicer weather. But given the current COVID-19 situation, you also need to keep public health measures in mind every step of the way to slow the spread of the virus.

Keep Your Family Healthy

It’s essential to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to your family. For now, this means practising physical distancing and staying home as much as possible. Only go out for essentials, like groceries, medicine and to access health care.

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The current COVID-19 situation is creating many challenges, especially knowing what to do about food. The need to practise physical distancing while shopping is essential, but a visit to the grocery store can also lead to additional problems due to empty shelves and limited food selection. Knowing how to ...
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If you own or manage a multi-unit building, it’s important to protect your tenants from COVID-19. Proper screening, cleaning, physical distancing and other measures are essential to reduce the spread of illness. Here’s what you need to do:

Woman in fear of domestic abuse
Domestic Violence

While physical distancing, self-isolation and staying home are important messages during COVID-19, homes are not always safe places to be. For ...
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Provincial and Federal Benefits and Income Supports
Getting Help

Worried about your job, income or housing due to COVID-19? Do you own a business or employ staff in an operation affected by COVID-19?

All levels of governments are taking ...
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Co-parenting – or sharing custody of children with your former partner – can be a challenge at the best of times, let alone during COVID-19. Worries about increased exposure risk to the virus in one home or whether proper precautions are being taken by your former partner can weigh ...
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Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
If You are Pregnant:
  • Reduce your exposure to COVID-19 and seek immediate medical care if experiencing symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • There is currently no evidence that pregnant women are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. There is also currently no ...
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Your Work
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Updated: May 25, 2020


From the HKPR Youtube Channel

Visit us on Youtube for additional videos.


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Every year, many local farmers and agricultural producers turn to temporary foreign workers for help in planting and harvesting food for the coming growing season. During COVID-19, this situation is made more difficult.

The local Health Unit is working with area farmers to ensure these temporary ...
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It's essential to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially to vulnerable clients. If you are a service provider working with vulnerable clients, you can access link/resources below to protect the health ...
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Provincial and Federal Benefits and Income Supports
Getting Help

Worried about your job, income or housing due to COVID-19? Do you own a business or employ staff in an operation affected by COVID-19?

All levels of governments are taking ...
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Download and print resources below:

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Image of Screening Survey for Employees AODA compliant poster – click to download

COVID-19 Screening Survey for Employees

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Image of Attention Staff AODA compliant poster – click to download

Attention Staff
Poster

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With many workplaces reopening, it's essential to keep your space from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's what to do to follow physical distancing rules at work:


  • Staff and customers MUST maintain a distance of two meters (six feet) wherever possible.
  • Offer ...
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Handmade patterned and cat patterned fabric face masks for virus contagion protection - stock photo

Face masks have become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to know when and how to wear a mask properly.

Medical masks (like surgical and N-95):
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Manage Employee Absence

Help to manage employee absence during COVID-19. Here's what to do to support your staff:

  • Employees must stay home if they, or a family member, are sick. Do not require sick notes.
  • Employees must also stay home if they've been directed to self-isolate for 14 days due ...
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Hand Hygiene/Respiratory Etiquette at Work

Protecting yourself, your staff and customers at work is essential to slow the spread of COVID-19. By doing so, you help to protect those most at risk from the virus:


  • Provide hand sanitizer and tissues at all entrances and work stations
  • Encourage employees to ...
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Employee Health and Safety During COVID-19

Taking precautions like handwashing, coughing in your sleeve and practising physical distancing are essential during the current COVID-19 situation.

But even doing that can make you feel worried about your health and safety if you’re working during COVID 19. Read on to learn more about your ...
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Cleaning and disinfecting public settings is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect people in the community.

The following information provides guidance on cleaning and disinfection of public settings, including schools, transit, colleges/universities and other workplaces in Ontario and is based on a fact sheet ...
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Your Community
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Looking after each other during COVID-19 is important. Not only does this mean staying home and practising physical distancing as ...
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Heading to the beach this summer? It’s a great chance to stay active, while enjoying the water, sand and nice ...
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Does spring cleaning have you thinking about garage sales and getting rid of unwanted items? Think again. On this page:Garage/Yard ...
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Cleaning and disinfecting public settings is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect people in the community. The ...
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Growing vegetables in allotments, community gardens
Community gardens are allowed to open during COVID-19, after the Ontario government deemed them an essential service. The Health Unit ...
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Below are locations of the specific COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes ...
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Help in the fight against COVID-19! The following hospitals and health care agencies are requesting donations of Personal Protective Equipment, ...
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Emergency Orders, Directives and Closures
To contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the following declarations, orders and closures are currently in place ...
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On this page:For Farmers/VendorsCriteria for E-Commerce/E-Market Proposals For Shoppers/Customers For Farmers/Vendors During COVID-19, farmers who sell locally-grown and sourced foods ...
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On this page:Grocery Stores Food Banks and Meal OptionsNorthumberland CountyKawartha LakesHaliburton CountyErrands Pickups and Companion Check-in Services Northumberland County Kawartha ...
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Take precautions if you still plan to organize/attend a visitation, memorial service, or similar gathering of less than 10 people ...
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Getting together with family, friends and other to celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions is common. Unfortunately, with ...
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Local Recruitment Efforts Haliburton Highland Health Services is appealing to the local community for any health care workers (retired, relocated, ...
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If you own or manage a multi-unit building, it’s important to protect your tenants from COVID-19. Proper screening, cleaning, physical ...
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Getting outside to enjoy the nicer weather is even more important during COVID-19. But wherever you go, it’s important to ...
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Help protect your members and congregants by preventing the spread of COVID-19. Drive-In Religious Gatherings As of May 19, the ...
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Download and print resources below: Image of Screening Survey for Employees AODA compliant poster – click to download COVID-19 Screening ...
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Provincial and Federal Benefits and Income Supports
On this page:Getting HelpFederal Support ProgramsProvincial Support ProgramsLocal Support ProgramsAdditional Resources Getting Help Worried about your job, income or housing ...
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Public Notice
CLASS ORDERmade pursuant to Section 22 (5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act Date: April 14, 2020 TO: All ...
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To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government has ordered the immediate, but temporary closure of all non-essential workplaces ...
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