Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework
As of Thursday April 8, 2021, the entire province of Ontario, including the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region, is under a Stay-at-Home Order. This Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. This Order is expected to last at least four weeks. The Order and O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1 detail what public health precautions must be taken, including what types of businesses/organizations can open and operate and related public health measures. Check our Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework webpage for more information on how the Province’s measures affect the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark area.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 (including Vaccine)
Information on the virus itself as well as prevention and protection measures and information about the vaccines are available in the Protection from COVID-19 section of our website. Check here for information about dates when the vaccine is coming to Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area.
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
Details about local COVID-19 cases are published on this site at 10:00am Monday to Friday. Check here to read more about Surveillance Reports and Local Cases.
Take the Self-Assessment to see if testing is advised. There are Assessment Centres in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville 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.
There is a new public health tool in place for protecting the community from COVID-19 infection. Starting October 21, 2020 at 3:00pm, if people who have COVID-19 or are close contacts do not follow public health guidance for self-isolation, then they can be fined under a Medical Officer of Health Section 22 Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. See media release for more information.
Travelling During COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions
A negative COVID-19 test is NOT required to travel within Canada at this time. Depending on which Province you plan to visit, there may be restrictions upon entry. Please contact the visiting Province for information on their travel requirements. Information can be found here.
Many countries/airlines require a negative COVID-19 test to travel internationally. The requirements for travel can vary among airlines and countries. It is important to check with the both the airline and visiting country to determine what is required prior to travel.
COVID-19 testing services are available by private laboratory providers for a fee, and travellers in need of a test are encouraged to search for convenient local options as these tests are no longer provided by Assessment Centres or pharmacies as of December 11, 2020. Information about where to access private testing is evolving. We encourage you to check with a private travel clinic (in Kingston and Ottawa) or your travel agent for more information.
Be sure to ask about the specific type of test that is required along with any timing (for both the test and the result) and discuss this with the private lab when booking. Result turn-around time may not be guaranteed.
Face Covering/Mask Instruction Extension
After careful review, Dr. Paula Stewart is extending the Face Covering/Mask Instruction as long as the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 is in effect. Read Dr. Stewart’s review of the Instruction and rationale for extension here.
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
School/Parent Phone Line
- 1-866-236-0123 – Open 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekends.
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.
We have a school/parent phone line: 1-866-236-0123 – Open 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekends.
- For detailed information on what it means to be a “close contact” as well as how contact tracing works, see our webpage on Case and Contact Tracing.
You must screen for COVID-19 every day before your child goes to school. Answer the questions in this provincial screening tool to help you decide if your child should or should not go to school today.
- COVID-19 Screening Tool Hard Copy
- Outil de dépistage de la COVID-19 pour les enfants qui fréquentent les écoles et les services de garde d’enfants
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.
We are allowing some visitors that need to access our offices and service sites to deliver goods and services or to attend meetings with Health Unit staff. All visitors that have a prearranged permission to enter an office MUST complete the Visitor Screening Tool before entry is granted. Please communicate the result of the screen to your Health Unit contact person.
COVID-19 and Business
- COVID-19 resources for employers, employees, and members of the public accessing businesses can be found on our COVID-19 and Business webpage.
- Check our Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework webpage for more information on how the Province’s measures affect the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark area.
Coping, Helping and Mental Wellness
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.
If you or someone you know is need of financial or social support – visit the website for your area for a full listing of resources:
- United Way of Leeds and Grenville
- Lanark County
- Provincial COVID-19 Support for People
- COVID-19 Emergency Benefits – Government of Canada
The Ontario Ministry of Health has a comprehensive website with directives and announcements. Ontario Ministry of Health website – available in multiple languages
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 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.
Signs and Resources You Can Print and Share
Grocery Store Signage (keep distance)
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.