July 31, 2020
Ontario’s Plan to Re-Open Schools
Information about the plans to re-open school this September can be found here.
Lanark’s Community Check-in Survey and Resources Listing
Our partners at the Table Community Food Centre, along with the North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Lanark County Situation Table, have launched a community-wide survey in order to get a better understanding of Lanark County residents’ COVID-19 pandemic experiences. The survey is called the COVID Community Check-In for Lanark County Residents.
Your input would be so valuable! The survey responses will help to identify gaps and opportunities to help best serve the communities. Your answers will help us learn more about our collective communities’ experiences and potential needs.
If you decide to answer the survey you will have the option to enter your name and contact details into a draw for one of four $100 gift cards to the Independent Grocer. The survey runs until August 17, 2020.
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!
- See this Government of Ontario news release about Stage 3 of re-opening Ontario.
- See this Government of Ontario document for guidance on what Stage 3 means for you.
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.
- Rationale for this decision
- July 6, 2020 Media Teleconference
- Mask Required Poster
- Mandatory Mask Use Letter to Employers, Business Owners and Operators
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
For more information on school closures related to COVID-19, visit: Ministry of Education Website.
For more information on this and other topics visit the Educators – Infections, Illnesses and Diseases section of our website.
- Public Health Guidance for Schools K–12 and Childcare Programs (COVID-19)
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet for Schools
- When to Keep Your Child Home Poster (English)
- Mon Enfant Devrait-il Rester à La Maison? (French)
- School Mental Health Ontario: Supporting Student Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Information for Health Care Providers and Hospitals
Reportable Diseases Toolkit and Outbreak 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.
Signs and Resources You Can Print and Share
Grocery Store Signage (keep distance)