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This Version Posted: June 26, 2020

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 someone. If you have questions, or you start to feel ill, contact your health care provider, Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 or the HKPR District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020. You can take a self-assessment online from the Government of Ontario.

Here’s what you can do:
Wash your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water after each contact with the infected person.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
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Wear mask and gloves
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Dispose of gloves and mask after use
  • Take the gloves and mask off right after you provide care and dispose of them in the wastebasket lined with the plastic bag.
  • Take off the gloves first and clean your hands with soap and water before taking off your mask.
  • Clean your hands again with soap and water before touching your face or doing anything else.
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Limit the number of visitors in your home
  • Only have visitors who you must see and keep the visits short.
  • Keep seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, lung problems, and immune deficiency) away from the infected person.
Avoid sharing household items
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with the person under investigation.
  • After use, these items should be washed with soap or detergent in warm water. No special soap is needed.
  • Dishwashers and washing machines can be used.
  • Do not share cigarettes.
  • Clean your home with regular household cleaners.
  • Clean regularly touched items such as toilets, sink tap handles,
  • doorknobs and bedside tables on a daily basis.
Wash laundry thoroughly
  • There is no need to separate the laundry, but you should wear gloves when handling.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water immediately after removing your gloves.

This information is from the Public Health Ontario fact sheet “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts”

Additional Resources:

Fact Sheet: Take Care of Yourself and Each Other – Public Health Ontario

211 Community Support – Easily find/search government and community-based services during COVID-19.  Call or text 2-1-1 day or night to find support for all of life’s challenges. Live Chat also available Monday to Friday from 7 am to 9 pm.

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