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Public Health Reminds Residents to Help Reduce the Spread of Illness in the Community

March 13, 2020

With the events of the past few days, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to remind people of the things you can do in your community to reduce the spread of all respiratory illnesses including COVID-19. As always, we encourage people to wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm; do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva; and stay home if you are ill.

Many people are worried about attending mass gatherings and organizers are wondering if they should cancel large events. The government of Canada has issued a document that can help in this type of decision making: Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak.

The community as a whole can do things to reduce the spread of all respiratory illnesses that also reduce disruptions in the community. To read more, you can review this document from the Government of Canada: Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada.

We have produced some signage for common areas accessed by the public, please feel free to print and post.

Our Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit website remains the best way to keep up to date on the COVID-19 situation. For reliable information, visit:, email [email protected], call 1-800-660-5853 x2499 or you can also follow LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.


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