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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

August 28, 2020

Information for Schools

Getting Back to Child Care and Schools COVID-SMART

We have a new school/parent phone line starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020: 1-866-236-0123 – Open 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am until 4:30pm on Sunday.

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Students

The purpose of this screening tool is to help parents and guardians make decisions about whether or not their child/children can attend school. This tool should be completed daily before attending school. No personal information is requested when completing the tool, which means that you and/or your child/children cannot be personally identified or linked to your responses. Using this tool is voluntary. It is recommended that you contact a healthcare provider if you have more questions about your child/children’s health. This tool is subject to change as further guidance from the Ministry of Health and evidence related to COVID-19 risks becomes available.

Ontario’s Plan to Re-Open Schools

Information about the plans to re-open school this September can be found here.

Moving into Stage 3

The Province has announced that we can move into Stage 3 of re-opening as of Friday, July 17, 2020. This means that many more Leeds, Grenville and Lanark businesses (things like indoor dining, fitness facilities and libraries) are allowed to re-open or further open while keeping physical distancing, face coverings and other COVID-19 prevention measures in place. One of the other big changes is the limit on gatherings. The Province has set a maximum of 50 people for indoor gatherings and 100 people for outdoor gatherings while maintaining space for distancing between people of different households or social circles. While this is welcome news for many local businesses and residents, it will mean that our prevention measures are more important than ever to keep us all safe. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe!

Local Health Units Announce Regional Approach to Mandatory Masks

In Eastern Ontario, we have worked together on a regional approach to mandatory masks. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, this Instruction will require premises with indoor public spaces to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces. This is an added measure to the existing public health measures in place, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We continue to have a low number of new cases, so please continue to practice physical distancing of 2m/6ft, stay home when you are sick, wash your hands, and do regular cleaning of common hard surfaces as well as wearing a face covering/mask in enclosed indoor spaces.

Our offices and service sites are closed to the walk-in public – Check here for a listing of our essential services.

Our website has answers to many of your questions, but if you would like to speak to someone, call 1-800-660-5853 – extension 2222 for COVID-19 questions, extension 2308 for business re-opening questions, extension 2499 for all other inquires.

Find out how to get tested.

– Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health

If you have trouble finding something in the COVID-19 section or want to see something added, please call 1-800-660-5853 extension 2275.

Health Unit Services During COVID-19

Health Unit offices and Service sites are currently CLOSED to WALK-IN PUBLIC – Check here for a listing of our essential services.

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

Information on the virus itself as well as prevention and protection measures are available in the Protection from COVID-19 section of our website.

When you do need to go out in public, take a cloth face covering/mask with you so you can put it on when you are potentially in close contact with other people. Check here for more information on mask wearing.

Surveillance Reports and Local Cases

We publish a report and geographic map with more details about the local statistics and cases since March 26, 2020. These reports are posted on this site at 4:00pm every Monday to Friday. Check here to read more about Surveillance Reports and Local Cases.

Media Releases

For media interviews, contact: Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or susan.healey@healthunit.org. Check here for the Latest Media Releases.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is open to anyone who has symptoms or is concerned they may have COVID-19. There are Assessment Centres in Almonte, Brockville and Smiths Falls where testing is available every day. Check here to find out how and where to get tested.

COVID-19 case management and contact tracing helps track who had the virus and prevent further transmission. Check here for more information on Contact Tracing.

Re-opening of Business, Recreation and Leisure

Find COVID-19 resources for employers, employees, and members of the public accessing businesses. This link also includes places of worship, summer camps, pools and splash pads.

Each municipality is in charge of opening their own facilities that have been identified in the Stage 2 re-opening. Check here for more information about parks, pools, and summer camps.

Coping, Helping and Mental Wellness/Gatherings and Social Circles

It’s OK to not feel OK. This is a challenging time for everyone. Creating new routines and rituals, and finding ways to have fun and be active can help to adjust to this new situation. Check here for more information and help lines.

As part of the emergency order, you are not permitted to gather in groups of more than 10 people. Social Circles are a way to have close contact with another household. Check here for more information on the rules around gathering and your social circles.

Government Directives

The Ontario Ministry of Health has a comprehensive website with directives and announcements. Check here for Government Links.

COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Centres

As the Government of Ontario continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, childcare centres in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark are now permitted to re-open provided they have specific rules, enhanced health and safety, as well as strict operational requirements in place. Visit our COVID-19 and Child Care Centres section for more information.

Information for Schools

Schools are currently closed under an order from the Province.

Information for Health Care Providers and Hospitals

Reportable Diseases Toolkit and Outbreak Resources

More Information and Guidance documents for COVID-19 found within our Reportable Disease Toolkit.

Information on Outbreak Management Resources.

Information for Emergency Service Workers

For more information on this and other topics visit the First Responders section of our website.

Health Unit Phone Lines

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has phone lines open for the public.

Main number: 1-800-660-5853. Open 7 days a week, from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

  • General COVID-19 Enquiries
    • Extension 2499
  • Enquiries from Health Care Providers or for members of the public reporting symptoms
    • Extension 2222
  • Health Unit regulated business enquiries (Public Health Inspectors)
    • Extension 2308

Public Health Emergency: 613-345-5685

  • For urgent calls that can’t wait until Health Unit regular hours

We typically have a 24–48 hour response time, however, due to COVID-19 we are receiving a larger than normal volume of inquiries. Our Public Health Unit staff will do their best to respond back to you as soon as possible.

Note: Please do not include personal health information in any emails you send us as communications over the Internet are not secure.

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