February 25, 2020
At this time, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. The health and well-being of all our residents is our top priority. We continue to work with our provincial and federal health partners in response to this new virus.
Risk to the Public is Still Low
The risk of getting the virus in our area is low. Most cases occurring around the world got the virus from travel in the affected area, were in close contact, or live in the same household as known cases.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
To reduce the spread of germs including Influenza (flu), stomach bug (Norovirus) and the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) we recommend that you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
- If possible, stay home if you are sick
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
- For more detailed information about stopping the spread of germs please visit our Infectious Diseases section.
It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already as the flu virus is still circulating in the community.
Preventing the Spread of Misinformation
As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind people of the importance of using credible sources to stay informed, and encourage others to do the same. We continue to update our website frequently as new information is confirmed.
For the most up to date information see the Ontario Ministry of Health website.
This information is available in multiple languages.
Information for the Public
For more information on this and other topics visit the Infectious Diseases section of our website.
Information for Schools
For more information on this and other topics visit the Educators – Infections, Illnesses and Diseases section of our website.
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet for Schools
- When to Keep Your Child Home Poster (English)
- Mon Enfant Devrait-il Rester à La Maison? (French)
Information for Health Care Providers and Hospitals
Persons under investigation or probable cases of COVID-19 who meet the case definition must be reported by phone immediately to the local Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or 1-800-660-5853. During business hours ask for the Infectious Diseases Team. After hours, follow directions to contact the Medical Officer of Health. The Public Health Laboratory will report all positive and negative lab results to the Health Unit.
Public Health Ontario Laboratories testing information: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- Guidance for Health Care Workers and Health Sector Employers on novel coronavirus associated with Wuhan, China (2019-nCoV)
- Guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting
- Guidance for Acute Care
- Guidance for Home and Community Care Providers
- Guidance for Long-Term Care
- Guidance for Independent Health Facilities
- Guidance for Laboratories
- Guidance for Pharmacies
Travelers from Hubei Province:
If you have travelled to Hubei Province in the last 14 days:
- Limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei. This means self-isolate and stay at home.
- Call the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit within 24 hours of arrival in Canada at 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685 Ext. 2222.
- Outside regular Health Unit hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), please call and ask for the On-Call Manager.
Travelers from Impacted Areas:
If you have traveled from Impacted Areas in the last 14 days:
- Monitor yourself for respiratory symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
- Should these symptoms develop within 14 days after returning to Canada, seek medical care immediately.
- Inform your Health Care Provider or the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit about symptoms and travel history before seeking medical care.
Travelers are Being Screened:
People who have traveled to the affected areas and returned to our area are being screened at the airport. If they develop symptoms such as cough or fever, they are told to remain home and contact public health. Symptoms of the virus occur within 14 days after being exposed.
Individuals who are positive for COVID-19 and do not require hospitalization for medical reasons can be self-isolated at home under public health follow-up if the home setting is appropriate. Public health is responsible for the contact tracing of all positive cases, and will require that individuals with significant contact self-isolate for a 14 day period.
How to Self-Isolate
Self-isolation: Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts
For more information on this and other Reportable Diseases visit our Reportable Disease Toolkit.
Information for Emergency Service Workers
Ontario Ministry of Health Guidance Documents
For more information on this and other topics visit the First Responders section of our website.