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A reminder to keep doing your part to stop the spread

As of April 8, 2020 we continue to see the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise in Ontario and across Canada.  Everyone needs to be aware of the seriousness of this situation and do their part to help “flatten the curve” and stop the spread.  There has been a substantial amount of information released daily from both the Ontario and Federal governments pertaining to this pandemic. Highlands East would like to re-iterate the importance of implementing these additional safety measures to help slow the spread of the virus and to keep our community members informed.

Stay home

Individuals should stay home except for essential reasons. Do what you can to limit these essential trips. Essential reasons include accessing health care services and medication, grocery shopping, walking pets when required and supporting vulnerable community members to meet the above needs.

Seniors and immunocompromised

It is strongly recommended that people over 70 years old or who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions self-isolate and get help with essential errands.

Keep doing the basics of pandemic safety

Please continue to take everyday steps to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and protect your health. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Make and wear homemade masks
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick

Get the COVID-19 app

If you would like the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic on your smartphone download the Federal Government's free app titled, Canada COVID-19. The app provides news, alerts and information including a brief rundown of what the virus is, how it spreads, prevention mechanisms, symptoms and how to get help when needed. The app is available for download through the Apple App Store or Google’s Play Store. 

Download for iOS  Download for Android

Physical distancing is key

Individuals must strictly practice physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people and keep at least two meters away from people outside of their household. The Ontario government has prohibited organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. 

Report those who do not distance

If you are aware of anyone who is not practicing the appropriate physical distancing or adhering to the social gathering order, you are encouraged to contact your local police department or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  For less serious incidents, report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

Mandatory self-isolation for returning travellers

On March 25, 2020, the federal government announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. They must not go to work, grocery stores or on walks. They should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and contact their primary care providers or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) if they experience symptoms. 

Report those who do not quarantine

If you wish to file a report regarding non-compliance under the Quarantine Act, you are to contact the Public Health Agency of Canada via email at phac.covid19.aspc@canada.ca or by calling 1-833-784-4397.