Stigma and COVID-19

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 even violence. People who face stigma can suffer physical, mental and emotional health problems. It may also cause them to hide a condition or illness.

As stigma can often be the result of fear and misunderstanding, credible information and support from others can help to increase understanding and prevent stigma.

Help Prevent Stigma:

  • Share facts from reliable sources 
  • Bust myths by correcting misconceptions
  • Use accurate medical and scientific language
  • Show support to people who are facing stigma and lead by example

Additional Resources: 

Beach Safety During COVID-19

Heading to the beach this summer? It’s a great chance to stay active, while enjoying the water, sand and nice weather. But during this pandemic, not only do you need to stay safe in and around the water, you also need to take extra care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

How to Stay Safe:
  • Visit a beach close to your home. Traveling long distances to visit a beach can help spread COVID-19 to other areas
  • Do NOT visit a beach if you are sick. Instead, use Ontario’s Online COVID-19 Assessment Tool to see what additional steps you need to take.
  • Be prepared before visiting the beach:
    • Be informed of any COVID-19 restrictions or closures in place at the beach or park. These may include limits on the number of beachgoers allowed at any one time, restrictions on using recreational equipment and amenities (playgrounds, spray pads, etc.), caps on the number of vehicles in parking lots, and reduced access to public washrooms
  • Read and follow the rules posted on signs at park/beach entrances. Be sure to listen to municipal staff/lifeguards who may be there to direct, assist and remind people about physical distancing rules
  • Always practise physical distancing by staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart – roughly the length of pool noodle – from others whether on the beach, in the water or in public washrooms
  • If you are a parent or caregiver, bring ‘fun’ items to help children keep physical distancing in mind at the beach. Tents, umbrellas, and blankets can be helpful visual reminders. You can also put distancing into fun terms for kids… like staying one hoola-hoop, one pool noodle or six beach balls apart
  • Carefully choose a spot on the beach that leaves enough space for you to stay a safe distance from others. Avoid crowded areas and do not gather with others outside of your family/household
  • Do NOT take part in organized activities like beach volleyball, frisbee, football, etc. with other people outside of your family/household. Remember, Ontario is currently banning groups of five or more people at any one time
  • Have a back-up plan. If it’s too crowded at the beach, consider doing another fun activity instead
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Be sure to bring (and use) hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes (stored in a cool dry place) to the beach, especially if soap and water are not be available
  • Keep your distance from others in the water by avoiding close contact with other swimmers. Avoid swallowing water and do not spit, spout or blow your nose in the water or near another person. If you can, leave the water and use a tissue to cough or sneeze, then wash your hands
  • If you want, wear a face covering (or cloth mask) when physical distancing isn’t possible on the beach. NEVER wear a mask in the water, as it can make it difficult to breath
  • Take your garbage and recyclables home with you, especially any gloves or masks you wear
  • Be patient at all times, especially if you have to wait to enter the beach and other facilities. Give other beach-goers time and space to safely enter or exit vehicles
  • If using a high-touch surface like a picnic table, clean and disinfect before and after use.
  • Don’t forget other safety rules while at the beach. Swim safely, especially keeping an eye on children and new swimmers. Be sun safe by applying sunscreen with SPF of 30+.

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Testing for COVID-19 – What Now?

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 
  • Get tested if: 
  • You can also call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, for more advice 
  • COVID-19 Assessment Centres can test and assist people who are suspected of having COVID-19.  
  • It can take up to seven days to receive lab test results for COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with the virus, or have been directed by the Health Unit, you MUST remain in self-isolation and monitor your symptoms. If at any time you develop symptoms or they get worse, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020. If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.  
  • You can check your COVID-19 lab results using an online portal provided by the Provincial government. To get results, you will need your OHIP card number and address. If you cannot get your results online, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020. 
If You Test Positive for COVID-19 
  • You MUST continue to self isolate if you test positive for the virus. The Health Unit will call you as soon as possible about your test results and ask you questions about places you have visited and people who you were in close contact. Anyone in close contact with you may be at risk from COVID-19 themselves, so must be called. Your help in answering Health Unit questions is essential to protect the health of others in the community.   
  • You will receive daily phone calls from the Health Unit to see how you are doing and to monitor any symptoms you have. The Health Unit will also ensure you are staying in self-isolation at home. Health Unit staff can discuss any supports you need and respond to your questions. 
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and do NOT stay at home in self-isolation, you could be served with a Class Order under Section 22 (5.01.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This order states you must stay home in self-isolation or face daily fines or imprisonment for not doing so. 
  • Typically, you can stop self-isolating 14 days after you first had COVID-19 symptoms or when you tested positive (as long as you do not have a fever and any other symptoms are getting better). To be safe, do not stop self-isolating until you receive the all-clear from the Health Unit.  
  • Visit the Ontario government website to learn more about COVID-19 testing. 
Close Contacts 
  • The Health Unit will follow up with anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. This is called contact tracing.  
  • Individuals who are considered close contacts to someone who has COVID-19 can include: 
    • Family members/people living in the same household 
    • Anyone who had direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case 
  • The Health Unit will follow up with these close contacts and give instructions on what they need to do (like self-isolating) to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Health Unit will also do daily phone calls with close contacts to check in on them and ensure they follow public health directions. 

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How to Self-Monitor
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Keep Your Family Healthy
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Manage Employee Absence
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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 persons residing in or present in Haliburton County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County who: (a) are identified as a person diagnosed with COVID-19; (b) have the signs and ...
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Self-Isolation
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Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
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On this page:Travelling AbroadTravelling in CanadaTravelling within Ontario Travelling Abroad If you have travelled abroad, you MUST immediately self-isolate/quarantine and stay home for 14 days. This is due to the Canadian government putting in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act. Further mandatory requirements for travellers entering Canada were ...
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Please read this carefully to help us streamline inquiries: NOTE: The Health Unit has issued a Class Section 22 Order that requires: anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is considered a probable case, or has had contact with a confirmed case, to self-isolate in their home for 14 days ...
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Updated: May 25, 2020 From the HKPR Youtube Channel Visit us on Youtube for additional videos. https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PLI8pY9jU_hwt0WaXB02KIcZxCvFiH22zx&v=F_bf4Jv-lFs&layout=gallery ...
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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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Concept of SARS-CoV-2 or 2019-ncov coronavirus

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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Senior man having problem with teeth,

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):
close up White protective hygenic mask isolated backgrounds for doctors and patient from virus ...
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Decorative

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 ...
    Read More
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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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
Image of a close-up of a woman carrying a bag of groceries and an elderly woman in the distance opening her door to say thank-you

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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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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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:

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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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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:

Image of Screening Survey for Employees AODA compliant poster – click to download
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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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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COVID-19 – For Groups/Organizations

COVID-19 has changed many things in your day-to-day life, including the work of many community organizations and groups. Learn more about how your group can adapt to the new normal of coronavirus by taking steps to protect staff, clients and volunteers.

Key Links:
Frequently Asked Questions


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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 from Public Health ...
Read More
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 is offering recommendations to community gardens that operate in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes to protect the health and safety of everyone during COVID-19. Below ...
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Buy Local at the Farmer's Market. Greengrocer selling organic fresh agricultural product at farmer market. Female Stall Holder At Farmers Fresh Food Market
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 in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes must keep the health and safety of the community top of mind. During this emergency, the Health Unit encourages ...
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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 at a time. Many people in close contact in one location for a long time can lead to the spread of respiratory illnesses. NOTE: Ontario continues to ban large groups ...
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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 Ontario government is allowing drive-in religious gatherings, provided certain conditions are followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The conditions include: Keeping vehicles two metres (six feet) or more apart,Only ...
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Download and print resources below: Image of Screening Survey for Employees AODA compliant poster – click to download COVID-19 Screening Survey for Employees Image of Attention Staff AODA compliant poster – click to download Attention StaffPoster Physical DistancingPoster Image of Are You Sick? AODA compliant poster – click to download ...
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On this page:General TipsFor Homeless Shelters and Service Providers For Food Banks/Food Program Providers Additional Resources 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 of staff, volunteers ...
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Bunch of organic vitamin carrot holding in hand
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 (or migrant) workers can ...
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COVID-19 – For Residents

Taking personal steps to prevent COVID-19 also helps reduce the spread of illness in your community. That benefits your neighbours and fellow citizens – like seniors and people with existing medical conditions — who are more at risk of suffering the effects of coronavirus. Find out what you can do to prevent COVID-19 and support others in your community.

Key Links
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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 ...
Read More

Photo of boy swimming in lake

Heading to the beach this summer? It’s a great chance to stay active, while enjoying the water, sand and nice weather. But during this pandemic, not only do you need to stay safe in and around the water, you also need to take extra care to reduce the spread ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

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 is offering recommendations to community gardens that operate in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes to protect the health and safety of ...
Read More

Medical bandages and gloves on a blue background.

Help in the fight against COVID-19! The following hospitals and health care agencies are requesting donations of Personal Protective Equipment, including: N-95 masks, gloves, surgical masks, shields and gowns. If your business/organization has extra supplies, consider donating them at this time of need:

Northumberland County
...
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For Farmers/Vendors

During COVID-19, farmers who sell locally-grown and sourced foods in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes must keep the health and safety of the community top of ...
Read More

Multicultural friends at home isolation celebrating online streaming live on video call while holding candles and having fun in quarantine keeping social distance

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 ...
Read More

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Local Recruitment Efforts

Haliburton Highland Health Services is appealing to the local community for any health care workers (retired, relocated, etc.) who have a skill set that can support the increasing need in the COVID-19 response. Nurses are in high demand, as is anyone with a background ...
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small old fashioned brick apartment building

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:

Camper vehicle on free campsite in the wildernest within sunrise

Getting outside to enjoy the nicer weather is even more important during COVID-19. But wherever you go, it’s important to practise physical distancing and stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart from anyone outside your household. You’re also advised to avoid large gatherings of more than five people.

...
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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 ...
Read More

Public Notice
CLASS ORDER
made pursuant to Section 22 (5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act

Date: April 14, 2020

TO: All persons residing in or present in Haliburton County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County who:

(a) are identified as a person diagnosed ...
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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. A full list of essential workplaces which are allowed to stay open is available here. Please Note: On May 14, 2020, the Province announced additional businesses could reopen, including ...
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Two Adirondack chairs on a wooden dock facing the blue water of a lake in Muskoka, Ontario Canada. Canoe paddles and life jackets are on the dock. A cottage nestled between green trees is visible.

Please give careful consideration to visiting your cottage or seasonal resident during COVID-19. Only come if you need to, but remember it's not business as usual during the pandemic.

You must continue to take precautions against COVID-19, including practising physical distancing and keep to small groups ...
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Travelling Abroad

If you have travelled abroad, you MUST immediately self-isolate/quarantine and stay home for 14 days. This is due to the Canadian government putting in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act ...
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Please read this carefully to help us streamline inquiries:

NOTE: The Health Unit has issued a Class Section 22 Order that requires: anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is considered a probable case, or has had contact with a confirmed case, to self-isolate in their home ...
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Mental Health and Substance Use

COVID-19 can be harmful to more than just your physical well-being. The coronavirus can also take a toll on your mental health and lead you to smoke or use alcohol and other substances more often. Take care of yourself by getting information on supports and resources in your area.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Follow us for COVID-19 Updates

You can find and follow updates on COVID-19 in your local community via the following HKPR resources:

Subscribe by email to receive updates

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x5020 or email at info@hkpr.on.ca

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

There are many simple ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Whether it’s through handwashing, keeping two metres (six feet) apart from others, staying home as much as possible, or wearing gloves and masks when appropriate, you can make a difference! Read further to learn how.

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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: Ontario Government Public Health Ontario Government of Canada ...
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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 local Medical Officer of Health ...
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Senior blowing her nose while outside
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 waste basket Sneeze in Your Sleeve If ...
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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. Consider: Overwhelmed parents/caregivers juggling ...
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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 you come in ...
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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. Monitor for symptoms ...
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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 Apply soap, any type will clean your hand effectively. Step 3 Rub hands palm to palm ...
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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 most likely to be contaminated. Check the expiry date of products you ...
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Follow us for COVID-19 Updates

You can find and follow updates on COVID-19 in your local community via the following HKPR resources:

Subscribe by email to receive updates

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x5020 or email at info@hkpr.on.ca

COVID-19 – Families

COVID-19 can be a stressful time for everyone. Be sure to protect the physical health and mental well-being of your family. During COVID-19, continue to frequently wash hands with soap and water, use respiratory etiquette and stay home as much as possible. If you do go out, encourage everyone – especially kids – to practise physical distancing at all times. Read on for more information and resources to stay safe.

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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 evidence that a developing child could be negatively affected by COVID-19.Learn more on ...
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For Employers

COVID-19 has changed many things, including workplaces. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace.  Carefully review the sector specific guidelines to reopen during COVID-19 and ensure that you are following the recommendations. No matter where and how you are working, it’s important to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.


Key messages:
  • Plan for physical distancing whenever and wherever possible. If the work can be done at home, allow staff to do that.  Avoid face-to-face meetings. Avoid sharing work stations, tools or equipment, alter shifts, and stagger breaks.  Arrange for delivery or curbside pick up for customers and clients. Prioritize physical distancing as a key measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette always. Remind employees to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.  Provide hand sanitizer and ensure access to handwashing facilities and soap. 
  • Clean and disinfect work stations, and all commonly touched surfaces often.
  • Develop a plan to effectively manage employee absence and ensure that everyone stays home if they are sick. 
  • Consider employee and visitor screening strategies.  Place posters at entrances and employee common spaces.  You may also want to get staff to complete a health screening questionnaire before each work shift. The survey would ask if staff have any COVID-19 symptoms. Such a questionnaire could be done electronically or using a paper-based questionnaire sheet like the sample provided here.
  • Train employees on key public health measures to prevent COVID-19.  These workplace videos may help.
  • Communicate and share credible and evidenced based information with employees and customers. 
  • Ensure employees are equipped with the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to do their jobs. For a directory of Workplace PPE Providers, click here.
  • Support your employee’s mental health. Remind staff of their Employee and Family Assistance Program if your workplace has one. You can also share these Mental Health support tips.
  • Develop a plan on what to do if a person who is sick visits or comes to work at your business.

Workplace health and safety resources:

Visit the Ontario government website for a full list of sector-specific guidelines for reopening. You can also go to these Ontario health and safety associations for more COVID-19 health and safety advice tailored to your workplace: 


Other Considerations 
  • Support your employee’s mental health. Remind staff of their Employee and Family Assistance Program if your workplace has one. You can also share these Mental Health support tips.
  • Regularly communicate with employees and customers. Provide ongoing updates and let them know what you are doing to keep them healthy during the pandemic.
  • Develop a plan on what to do if a person who is ill visits or comes to work at your business 

Latest Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

What if There is a Case of COVID-19 in My Workplace?
Employees/Co-workers
  • Anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 must NOT go to work and should self-isolate at home. If contact with a positive case is confirmed, further directions will be provided by the Health Unit
  • Physical distancing rules at work mean employees should not be in close contact with each other. If, however, an employee is identified as being a close contact of a co-worker who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, the person should immediately take Ontario’s online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see what further care is needed or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 The employee may also be contacted by the Health Unit with further directions on what to do, including self-isolating or self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Employers are strongly urged to support the COVID-19 instructions your employees have received from any health care provider. This protects the health of your workers and customers
  • Encourage everyone at work to continue following physical distancing rules (staying 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others) and regularly wash hands with soap and water
  • Continue to frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched or shared surfaces at work, including tools, equipment and workstations.
Customers/Clients
  • Follow direction from the Health Unit about any extra precautions that are needed to reduce the risk of illness. These directives can include: getting employees/staff who were in close contact with the customer/client to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, increasing cleaning and disinfecting at your workplace, and other measures
  • Continue to keep employees and customers safe:
    • Follow provincial rules that specify how your business/workplace can operate (for example, only offer curbside pickup, limit number of people in store, etc.).
    • Ensure a 2-metre (6-foot) distance is kept between people.
    • Reduce overcrowding.
    • Increase your online or phone services
    • Offer curb-side delivery
    • Make hand sanitizer available for customers at entry and exit points.

Additional Resources:

Ontario Government (www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)
Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/coronavirus)
World Health Organization (www.who.int)



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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 from Public Health ...
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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 to travel or ...
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You can find and follow updates on COVID-19 in your local community via the following HKPR resources:

Subscribe by email to receive updates

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x5020 or email at info@hkpr.on.ca

For Employees

COVID-19 has changed many things, including how we work. Many people are working from home. Others are waiting for their workplace to re-open, while some may be continuing to work but in a different way. No matter where and how you are working, it’s important to follow key preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.


Key messages:

Take time to learn more if you have health and safety concerns about your workplace.


Workplace health and safety resources:

Visit the Ontario government website for a full list of sector-specific guidelines to reopen workplaces. You can also go to these Ontario health and safety associations for more COVID-19 health and safety advice tailored to your workplace: 

You have a right to a safe workplace – now more than ever during COVID-19. Learn about your rights during COVID-19 and discover resources/supports that can help reduce the risk of illness for you and others in your workplace.


Latest Updates

What if There is a Case of COVID-19 in My Workplace?
Employees/Co-workers
  • Anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 must NOT go to work and should self-isolate at home. If contact with a positive case is confirmed, further directions will be provided by the Health Unit
  • Physical distancing rules at work mean employees should not be in close contact with each other. If, however, an employee is identified as being a close contact of a co-worker who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, the person should immediately take Ontario’s online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see what further care is needed or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 The employee may also be contacted by the Health Unit with further directions on what to do, including self-isolating or self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Employers are strongly urged to support the COVID-19 instructions your employees have received from any health care provider. This protects the health of your workers and customers
  • Encourage everyone at work to continue following physical distancing rules (staying 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others) and regularly wash hands with soap and water
  • Continue to frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched or shared surfaces at work, including tools, equipment and workstations.
Customers/Clients
  • Follow direction from the Health Unit about any extra precautions that are needed to reduce the risk of illness. These directives can include: getting employees/staff who were in close contact with the customer/client to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, increasing cleaning and disinfecting at your workplace, and other measures
  • Continue to keep employees and customers safe:
    • Follow provincial rules that specify how your business/workplace can operate (for example, only offer curbside pickup, limit number of people in store, etc.).
    • Ensure a 2-metre (6-foot) distance is kept between people.
    • Reduce overcrowding.
    • Increase your online or phone services
    • Offer curb-side delivery
    • Make hand sanitizer available for customers at entry and exit points.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources:

Ontario Government (www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)
Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/coronavirus)
World Health Organization (www.who.int)



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Reopening Your Business During COVID-19

NOTE: If working during COVID-19, be aware of Employee Health and Safety considerations.

Who can reopen?

Common Health and Safety Measures to Follow

To protect employers, employees and customers, the province is recommending common health and safety measures across all business sectors. They are listed below as general guidelines. You are also strongly urged to review the sector-specific guidelines for your store/business to ensure you follow all the rules. 

Physical Distancing
  • Limit face-to-face contact  
  • Ensure that customers/clients and staff maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from each other as much as possible 
  • Control and restrict the number and flow of customers/clients at any one time in your store/business to maintain physical distancing 
  • Post signs to remind customers/clients to maintain physical distancing 
  • Install partitions wherever possible to protect staff and customers/clients 
  • Provide online ordering services and contactless delivery wherever possible 
  • Ensure that workstations are 2 metres (6 feet) apart, install barriers or partitions, or rearrange workstations as needed 
  • Post signs to remind employees to maintain physical distancing 
  • Stagger employee start- and break-times. Consider changing the rotation of shifts 
  • Wherever possible, avoid sharing work stations, tools and equipment 
  • Postpone all non-essential tasks 
  • Allow employees to work from home wherever possible 
  • Hold meetings by teleconference or online instead of meeting in person 
  • If direct customer/client contact is essential, ensure employees wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suitable for their jobs (for example: gloves, masks) 
Screening
Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Clean and disinfect all commonly touched or shared surfaces frequently 
  • Workstations, tools and equipment must be cleaned before use by another employee 
  • Follow these public health guidelines for cleaning/disinfecting public washrooms
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
  • Provide hand washing supplies and appropriate facilities 
  • Post signs to remind employees to wash their hands with soap and water frequently 
  • Post signs to remind employees of respiratory etiquette (coughing into sleeves, etc.) 
  • Food buffets should be closed. Instead food should be prepared and packaged to limit possible contamination 
  • Provide hand sanitizer at entrances whenever possible 

What if There is a Case of COVID-19 in My Workplace?
Employees/Co-workers
  • Anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 must NOT go to work and should self-isolate at home. If contact with a positive case is confirmed, further directions will be provided by the Health Unit
  • Physical distancing rules at work mean employees should not be in close contact with each other. If, however, an employee is identified as being a close contact of a co-worker who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, the person should immediately take Ontario’s online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see what further care is needed or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 The employee may also be contacted by the Health Unit with further directions on what to do, including self-isolating or self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Employers are strongly urged to support the COVID-19 instructions your employees have received from any health care provider. This protects the health of your workers and customers
  • Encourage everyone at work to continue following physical distancing rules (staying 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others) and regularly wash hands with soap and water
  • Continue to frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched or shared surfaces at work, including tools, equipment and workstations.
Customers/Clients
  • Follow direction from the Health Unit about any extra precautions that are needed to reduce the risk of illness. These directives can include: getting employees/staff who were in close contact with the customer/client to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, increasing cleaning and disinfecting at your workplace, and other measures
  • Continue to keep employees and customers safe:
    • Follow provincial rules that specify how your business/workplace can operate (for example, only offer curbside pickup, limit number of people in store, etc.).
    • Ensure a 2-metre (6-foot) distance is kept between people.
    • Reduce overcrowding.
    • Increase your online or phone services
    • Offer curb-side delivery
    • Make hand sanitizer available for customers at entry and exit points.

Information/Resources for Specific Businesses to Reopen

Visit the Ontario government website for a full list of sector-specific guidelines. You can also go to these Ontario health and safety associations for more COVID-19 health and safety advice tailored to your business: 

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services 
  • Serves: Agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors 
  • Contact: Toll-free 1-877-494-9777 
  • On Twitter @WSPS_News 
Public Services Health and Safety Association 
  • Serves: Hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, residential and community care, universities and colleges, school boards, libraries and museums, municipalities, provincial government and agencies, police, fire and paramedics and First Nations. 
  • Contact: Toll-free: 1-877-250-7444  
  • On Twitter @PSHSAca 
Workplace Safety North
  • Serves (province wide): Forestry, mining, smelters, refineries, paper, printing and converting. 
  • Contact: Toll-free 1-888-730-7821 
  • On Twitter @WSN_News 
Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
  • Serves: Construction, electrical and utilities, aggregates, natural gas, ready-mix concrete and transportation. 
  • Contact: Toll-free 1-800-263-5024 
  • On Twitter @IHSAnews 
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ensure employees have the protection they need to do their jobs. The provincial government has created a new website to help businesses find Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suppliers. Click here for a directory of PPE suppliers.

Reporting Workplace Health and Safety Concerns

File a complaint if you believe conditions in a workplace are unsafe, or if you or someone else is experiencing  harassment or violence on the job. Before reporting a situation, you can: 

  • Discuss your concerns with your supervisor or employer 
  • Consult your Joint Health and Safety Committee member or Health and Safety representative (if there is one) 

If the situation continues after trying to raise your concerns, you can file a complaint with the Ontario Health and Safety Contact Centre


Health Unit Support for Workplaces
  • Search this website for current information and resources about important public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including videos and printable resources 
  • For specific COVID-19 related questions and concerns, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020 or info@hkpr.on.ca 
  • Call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, if you have concerns involving any of the following:   
    • Child Care Facilities 
    • Recreational Camps 
    • Personal Services Settings (including mobile and home-based settings) 
    • Tanning Salons 
    • Facilities Providing Indoor Recreational Programs Including Indoor Public Pools and Whirlpools 
    • Food Premises, including restaurants 
    • Theatres and Cinemas (including drive-ins) 
    • Trailer Parks 
    • Schools (Public and Private) 

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Your Health

Health is in your hands when it comes to COVID-19.

COVID-19 is mainly spread through close contact between people. You can get sick from coughs or sneezes from someone else, or by touching something with the virus on it. People of all ages can get sick with COVID-19, although older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions can suffer more severe effects from the coronavirus.

Reducing the spread of illness is good for your health – and for everyone’s benefit. The great thing is that you can do this in many different ways, whether it’s handwashingself-isolating, practising physical distancing, or arming yourself with the facts about coronavirus.

Learn about additional ways and resources on this page to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your health matters, now more than ever!

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Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

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You can find and follow updates on COVID-19 in your local community via the following HKPR resources:

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If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x5020 or email at info@hkpr.on.ca

COVID-19 – Staying Active

Being active is a great way to engage children, while also supporting your physical and mental health during COVID-19. Getting outside is also more appealing now that the nicer weather is here. But whatever you do, stay safe! If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, it’s essential to stay home and follow the advice of health care providers. If you are out and active, be sure to practise physical distancing and follow these additional tips.

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Buyer Beware: Garage Sales and Second-Hand Shopping During COVID-19

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 time due to COVID-19. Organizing these sales can increase your exposure to COVID-19 and lead to the spread of the virus in the community. Here’s why: 

  • Unlike in a store where health and safety measures are in place to protect staff and customers from COVID-19, a private sale does not need to take these precautions 
  • COVID-19 is spread through close contact with people. At garage sales, keeping a two-metre (six-foot) physical distance from others is difficult given that cash transactions are often required and the number of people who stop at the sale can grow unexpectedly.  
  • Many times, garage sale enthusiasts also visit multiple sale locations in the same day increasing the risk that COVID-19 can be spread 
  • The COVID-19 virus can survive on different surfaces for varying lengths of time. This means if someone touches or picks up items at a sale, they could be exposing themselves to illness  
  • While the Province’s COVID-19 emergency directives do not prohibit garage sales and yard sales, they do ban public gatherings and events of more than five people 
  • While no municipal restrictions on garage sales are in place in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, some Ontario municipalities have approved bylaws to ban garage and yard sales entirely during the pandemic due to public health concerns. 

For all these reasons, do not hold garage sales or yard sales until further notice. Doing so will protect the health of you, your loved ones and the community.  

Second-Hand Items

Some online buy-and-sell groups have decided not to operate during COVID-19. For now, the Health Unit is also advising you to think twice about buying and selling second-hand items online. If you must, limit purchases to only essential items. 

Here are some more tips if you plan to buy second-hand essential items online during COVID-19: 

  • If you, or someone in your home has any symptoms of COVID-19 do not buy or sell any items.  Stay home and self isolate 
  • Stick to community-based online groups for buying and selling. Use groups or apps where it’s easier to confirm that people are who they say they are (such as linked to a personal profile of a social media account).  If in doubt, don’t engage 
  • If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Watch out for scams.  
  • Buy and sell with people that live in your community.  Avoid travel. 
  • Don’t provide your home address or visit anyone you do not know. If you do know the person, arrange for a curbside pickup or drop off. Never enter another person’s house or allow anyone to enter your home. 
  • Use digital payment services rather than cash.  
  • Drop off or pick up goods during the day and in a public location.  
  • Avoid all close contact. Practise physical distancing and stay metres (6 feet) away from others at all times.  
  • After purchasing an item, thoroughly clean and disinfect it. Avoid buying items that are difficult to clean. 
  • Don’t touch your face and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling items or cash. 

NOTE: Be aware that baby walkers, infant self-feeding devices and other items are banned products in Canada. There are also common second-hand items like car seats, cribs, helmets, playpens, strollers, children’s jewellery and kids’ sleepwear that must meet certain federal regulatory requirements before they can be bought or sold in Canada.  

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Community Gardens and COVID-19

Community gardens are allowed to open during COVID-19, after the Ontario government deemed them an essential service

The Health Unit is offering recommendations to community gardens that operate in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes to protect the health and safety of everyone during COVID-19. Below are the minimum standards that all community gardens must have in place before opening. 

Use these standards as a starting point to begin planning and developing specific COVID-19 policies and protocols for your community garden. Be sure to communicate these plans to all garden members. You are also required to update information with the Health Unit. 

Entrance Restrictions/Requirements
  • Members of the public are not allowed into the gardens. Only garden members are allowed (NOTE: Please find a downloadable, printable ‘Closed’ sign to put up in your community garden)
  • Garden members cannot visit the garden if they show symptoms of COVID-19, are feeling sick from something they ate or drank, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19
  • Post signs around the garden on COVID-19 symptoms, physical distancing, and handwashing. Policies and protocols relating to the coronavirus should also be put up at all entrances and throughout the garden
  • Events where large numbers of people gather such as flower festivals, children’s events, training, group builds etc. are not permitted
  • Use a ‘sign-in and sign-out system’ to track who is in the garden each day 
  • Update the list of current registered members, staff and volunteers involved in the community garden. Track those who have agreed to participate under COVID-19 policies and protocols
Physical Distancing
  • Only allow a maximum of five people to work in the community garden at any one time (For example, develop a schedule where plots are numbered, and odd/even numbered plots come on different days)
  • Maintain physical distancing when two or more gardeners are present. Keep at least two metres (six feet) apart from others
  • If people plan to wear homemade/personal masks in the garden, follow this Public Health Ontario fact sheet on how to properly wear and throw away mask.
  • Remember wearing rubber gloves out in public does not reduce the risk of COVID-19. Handwashing with soap/water or hand sanitizer and not touching your face offer more protection 
  • If gardeners choose to wear mask and rubber gloves, wash hands before putting on the mask/gloves and after taking them off
  • Masks and rubber gloves must be disposed of in a lined garbage bin only
Hand Hygiene/Handwashing
  • Provide handwashing or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with 60 to 90% alcohol content) stations
  • Encourage all gardeners to regularly wash/sanitize hands, especially before entering and after leaving the garden  
  • Gardeners should know that if their hands are visibly soiled, they must first wash them with soap and water or wipe them before applying alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Garden Equipment and Tools – Use and Cleaning Requirements
  • Ask garden members to bring their own tools, or assign select tools and tasks to individuals or smaller groups
  • Avoid sharing garden gloves. Gardeners should take their gloves home to wash after each use 
  • Use gardening techniques that reduce the need for frequent trips to the garden (For example: use mulch to reduce the need for watering/weeding, row covers to prevent pests, etc.)
  • Create and implement procedures to clean and disinfect all shared tools before and after garden work
  • Regularly clean gardening tools with soap and water to remove organic matter. First rinse off soap with water, then disinfect. Use either a mixture of 1 Tbsp. of household (5%) bleach and 1 litre of warm water (mix a fresh batch each day) with 10 minutes contact time OR commercial Lysol or Clorox disinfectant with contact time indicated on label for disinfecting
  • Ensure regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, padlocks, water spigots, gates handle, railings etc.
  • When bringing home garden produce, wash any vegetables and fruit under clean running water (not soapy water) before eating 
Notifying the Health Unit

You must notify the Health Unit of your plans to operate a community garden this coming growing season. Contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, or inspections@hkpr.on.ca to provide the following information:

  • Name and location of your community garden
  • Whether there are plans to open the community garden this year
  • Confirmation that you have received the Health Unit’s Checklist for Community Gardens and the Ontario’s Ministry of Health’s guidance document for operating a community garden 
  • Agreement that you will follow these directions open your garden  
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Farmers’ Markets and COVID-19


For Farmers/Vendors

During COVID-19, farmers who sell locally-grown and sourced foods in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes must keep the health and safety of the community top of mind.  

During this emergency, the Health Unit encourages local farmers’ markets to consider selling goods online. This is the best approach to use at this time. There are a number of e-commerce options to consider, including REKO Canada (a Finnish trade and fair consumption model used locally) and Open Food Network (an online partnership linked to the Farmers’ Markets Ontario). 

If you plan to organize a farmers’ market this season, you must first submit a detailed plan to the Health Unit. Public Health Inspectors will review and approve all submissions before any market can open or operate. Proposals must include details on how the market will maintain physical distancing, ensure proper handwashing, and follow appropriate cleaning/protocols. 

Criteria for E-Commerce/E-Market Proposals 

If your farmers’ market uses online payment options and lets customers drive or walk through to pick-up pre-ordered and prepaid food, you must include the following details in your proposal:    

  1. Confirmation that the landlord/property owner approves of the use for farmers’ market (Note: During COVID-19, many local municipalities are not allowing markets to set up on their property) 
  2. A written plan showing traffic circulation 
  3. A delivery plan based on the number of orders and drive-up customers. Consider staggering pick-up times based on a person’s last name (For example: People with last names starting with A-E can pick up from 9-9:30am, F-J from 9:30-10am, etc.)  
  4. Guidelines on how to ensure customers stay in their vehicles when picking up food 
  5. Plans to ensure customers walking to pick up orders maintain physical distance with vendors and other customers  
  6. Similar plans to ensure vendors/ volunteers maintain physical distancing 
  7. Locations where vendors/volunteers can access handwashing/alcohol-based hand sanitizing facilities  
  8. Written confirmation from vendors that they will not handle food or take part in the market if they are sick. Vendors will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms 
  9. Types of products and how often they’re used to clean and disinfect surfaces where food orders are placed/organized (For example, after each order use household cleaners or diluted bleach solution of 1-part bleach to 9 parts water) 
  10. Ways that food products will be packaged so they are not loose 
  11. Process to ensure food orders are prepackaged in new, single-use boxes/bags and labelled with customer names or order numbers 
  12. Plans to ensure all refrigerated and frozen products are maintained at proper temperatures 
  13. A pledge to keep a list of vendors and all food products that each sell 
  14. Confirmation from each vendor that the food is obtained from an approved source:  
  • Meats ONLY come from an approved slaughterhouse and processed at approved facilities  
  • Dairy products ONLY made from pasteurized milk 
  • Perishable food requiring refrigeration during transport and distribution is maintained out of the danger zone (refrigerated) 

For questions or to submit your farmers’ market proposal, email the Health Unit at inspections@hkpr.on.ca. You can also call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006. 

A Public Health Inspector will review the proposal and respond to you. An inspection may also be needed to confirm the market is operating as outlined in the proposal. 

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For Shoppers/Customers
  • Follow the directions/guidance of food market organizers, especially if picking up food items in a ‘drive-through’ style market setting 
  • If picking up food items on foot, practise physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) from other customers and vendors  
  • Minimize time at the market. Prepare a list for efficient shopping/pick up 
  • If possible, use alcohol-based sanitizer after pickup at each vendor 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Wearing a homemade (cloth) mask is optional. Be aware that these masks are not medical devices and are not proven to protect the person wearing them from getting COVID-19. 
  • After returning home, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds  
  • As always, wash produce with running water before eating or preparing food. And remember… there is no evidence that food or food packaging can spread COVID-19!  

Rural Communities and COVID-19

Please give careful consideration to visiting your cottage or seasonal resident during COVID-19. Only come if you need to, but remember it’s not business as usual during the pandemic.

You must continue to take precautions against COVID-19, including practising physical distancing and keep to small groups. You are also strongly encouraged to take the supplies needed with you for the time you spend at the cottage or seasonal residence. Be aware that some services in cottage country may also be closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Points to Consider 
  • Provincial and local states of emergency are in place, advising people to stay home and limit travel to only essential trips for groceries and medication 
  • Rural communities have limited health care resources that are already tied up dealing with COVID-19 challenges 
  • Smaller hospitals have few or no intensive care beds, as well as limited number of in-patient beds. This means patients with more serious health problems may need to be transported to larger centres at least an hour away 
  • Rural areas have a small pool of local doctors, nurses and other health care providers 
  • Many year-round residents of cottage country are older adults, who are more at risk of COVID-19 and require the limited resources available in their community 
  • By visiting the cottage or seasonal residence, you could unintentionally spread the virus into the community – putting people who live and work there at greater risk  
  • Many marinas, boat launches, seasonal trailer homes and other recreational facilities are closed due to COVID-19 
By Staying Home, You Will:  
  • Ease pressure on already stretched health care providers in smaller communities 
  • Have access to greater health care resources in your home community if you get sick 
If You Visit Your Cottage/Seasonal Residence: 
  • Buy provisions in your home community before you leave so you don’t have to make stops along the way and can stay put once you arrive 
  • Continue to practise physical distancing. Do NOT use the cottage as a gathering place for multiple or extended families 
  • Develop an exit plan with immediate family if you develop any sign of illness
  • Stay as much as possible to your cottage or seasonal residence for the time you are visiting

 

Seeking Medical Care For Non-COVID-19 Health Problems

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 of patients visiting the emergency room for non-COVID-19 health problems.  

While staying home and practising physical distancing is important, it doesn’t mean you should avoid seeking medical care for other health conditions. You can put yourself at risk by delaying needed medical care for untreated injuries and illnesses.   

Hospitals have precautions in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for outpatients and are still providing health care services not related to COVID-19. So seek medical care if you need it!

What to Do: 
  • Check with your local hospital to see some of the COVID-19 precautions in place. This can include: screening and limiting visitors, providing patients/visitors with face masks, and reducing access to some parts of the hospital:  
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital 
  • Ross Memorial Hospital 
  • Campbellford Memorial Hospital 
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services 
  • Don’t put off care! If you’re unsure about whether to seek medical assistance: 
  • Call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for guidance.  
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1. Inform first responders if you have any potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  

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