What can the community do to prevent COVID-19 infection?
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is working with our local health care providers to be prepared and ready to respond to the presence of the novel coronavirus now called COVID-19 virus in our community. The information outlined below will assist individuals and families to learn about the COVID-19 virus.
On Wednesday, March 11, Ottawa had its first case of COVID-19 infection in an individual who had returned from international travel, and since then have had many more. Many people in our region work in Ottawa.
While the risk continues to be low at this point in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area, the presence of the virus among people in Ottawa and in the States to the south increases the risk that someone could bring the virus in to our area. Early symptoms are mild so people may not realize they have the virus.
Anyone who has travelled internationally should stay at home and monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after their return. If they become ill they should contact the Health Unit at 613-345-5685 to be assessed over the phone for the need for testing. No one who doesn’t have symptoms will be tested.
Now, is the time to practice the precautions listed on our website and in previous social media posts to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases.
It is important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection in our community by practicing social distancing. The virus is spread by a cough or a sneeze and the large particles can travel 3 to 6 feet. So if people stay that distance away from each other the risk of spread is greatly reduced.
Think carefully when you go out about protecting those who could become very ill if they develop the COVID-19 infection – older age, people with heart or lung disease or diabetes.
Today (Monday, March 16), Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.
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.
Visit our website for more detailed information and links to Government announcements: http://bit.ly/2wazI87