I encourage all residents to read and follow the guidelines provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on how to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. DO NOT use surface disinfectant wipes to clean your hands.
- Reduce the spread by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Stay up to date on Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories.
- Do not visit people in hospitals or long-term care facilities if you are sick.
- Keep surfaces cleaned and disinfected.
- Maintain social distancing; at least 2 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
For more information on the novel coronavirus and safety measures you should take, please review the following links prepared by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO):
Please be aware that the Government of Canada is restricting non-essential travel outside of Canada. There are also travel advisories for the following regions: China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Italy, Singapore and South Korea. Further information may be found here: Travel Advisories
The Public Health Agency of Canada is also recommending Canadians avoid “all cruise ship travel” due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. This is a fluid situation.
To learn more you can call 1-833-784-4397, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.canada.ca/…/…/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html….
If you have symptoms, call Telehealth Ontario at: 1-866-797-0000 or contact the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit at 1-888-225-7851
I encourage you to heed the public health unit warnings and advice. Call the help lines (Above) if you have symptoms and wish to get tested. We can weather this pandemic if we all pitch in.