Covid-19 Updates

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Covid-19 Updates2020-06-23T16:09:12-04:00

Trillium Lakelands District School Board COVID-19 Updates will be issued and posted to tldsb.ca/covid19/ as required.

Covid-19 update – TLDSB – June 23

The Minister of Education shared a letter to all Ontario families regarding the government’s plan for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Minister of Education letter

Questions and answers

Will adjustments still be made for children with IEP’s?

Teachers will be using the IEP and their professional judgement as they develop the TLDSB Learning@Home program for students with special needs.  At this time, our goal is to ensure key accommodations are in place in the home environment. Teachers will choose key learning goals from the current IEP as the focus for TLDSB Learning@Home. For alternative programs, our first priority is to plan learning opportunities that involve practising the skills already taught in the home environment. As students settle into their TLDSB Learning@Home program, teachers will consult with parents/guardians/students about what the next skill focus area will be.  We are awaiting Ministry direction about special education timelines and processes. More information will follow.

I am concerned about the increased usage and additional cost to our home internet if my children are engaged in online learning as well as our family regular online use.

TLDSB Learning@Home does not have to take place online. Teachers are preparing for a variety of delivery models. Please contact your child’s teacher to let them know your concerns and to request a learning at home approach that does not include extensive or any internet connectivity.

We are in need of access to a school laptop to be able to continue my child’s studies online. Is there any possibility of us receiving this? 

TLDSB schools have been gathering information from families about their capacity to provide an online home learning environment including access to a device and connectivity. There are plans in development to provide technology to some students. Priority is being given to student with special needs who require specific devices for learning and to graduates. Also TLDSB Learning@Home does not have to take place online. Teachers are preparing for a variety of delivery models. Please contact your child’s teacher to let them know your concerns and to request a learning at home approach that does not include extensive or any internet connectivity.

We have the proper equipment for online learning, however, we are unable to get access to internet. Therefore, how will my child be able to do these online courses being laid out for them. Does TLDSB have anything in place for our specific situation? Other families must be dealing with the same issue. 

TLDSB Learning@Home does not have to take place online. Teachers are preparing for a variety of delivery models. Please contact your child’s teacher to let them know your concerns and to request a learning at home approach that does not include extensive or any internet connectivity.

With the announcement of Learning@Home – what about VLC. Will this get up and running normal again?

The TLDSB Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) is continuing to provide online learning to currently registered students. All students currently enrolled in VLC have been contacted by the VLC. We continue to make the health, safety, and well-being of all our main focus and priority and so there may be some reduction in VLC course hours.

Will my child have to redo their grade again next year due to Covid-19?

With students, parents, and teachers working together on a learning at home plan, we are confident that elementary students will learn and be able to progress to the next grade. High school students will be able to earn all credits needed to stay on track for their graduation plan.

Will they be changing the number of volunteer hours required?

For this school year, the requirement for 40 volunteer hours to earn an OSSD has been removed.  Graduates who have already completed hours will still have the hours noted on their transcript.

If schools don’t reopen for the rest of the term, can we get all our stuff from our lockers?

There is no access to TLDSB schools or buildings at this time until we receive direction from public health to do otherwise.

Anyone know what’s happening with rebates for school trips or other school activities?

International trip rebates are facilitated through travel insurance companies. It is not possible at this time to process refunds for school based field trips and excursions. Please continue to monitor tldsb.ca and TLDSB social media accounts for updates.

Are there any French studies/materials available for students during the closure?

The Ministry of Education recently launched a number of online learning resources through the Learn at Home initiative. At this time these are the resources available. Please continue to monitor tldsb.ca and TLDSB social media accounts for updates.

What are the expectations for school work during this closure? 

There are currently no academic expectations of students during the closure between March 23 and April 3. Please be patient as we work with the Ministry of Education and Provincial/local union leadership on teaching and learning expectations.

Why do we not have access to the Virtual Learning Centre? 

This is temporary. There are no academic expectations for any TLDSB students from March 23 to April 5.  Please wait for further information on this. Please continue to monitor TLDSB.ca and TLDSB social media accounts for updates.

If the shut down goes longer and there’s no school until September, what’s going to happen to graduation and prom?

Graduations and proms typically take place in May and June. We will take direction from public health regarding public gatherings. Please continue to monitor tldsb.ca and TLDSB social media accounts for updates.

Is the board going to provide educational resources so that students can continue what is being taught in the classroom?

Currently the Ministry of Education has offered parents access to an online portal the Learn at Home initiative, so that, if desired, students can continue learning 

Students will not be disadvantaged by not continuing formal learning during this two week time period. During the current shutdown dates (March 23 to April 5), there are no plans in TLDSB to maintain regular classroom instruction.

The school board is reviewing contingency plans in case the school shutdown continues beyond April 5.

How does the school board intend to help marginalized students from lower socio economic backgrounds? Not all students have access to internet and home computers.

The school board is aware of the concern that adequate internet or equipment may not be available. We are working collaboratively with the Ministry of Education and school boards across the province to ensure future planning provides learning opportunities for all students. Please continue to monitor tldsb.ca and TLDSB social media accounts for updates.

Is the Ministry of Education Learn at Home online portal learning mandatory?

No. Use of the Learn at Home initiative is not mandatory. Students will not be disadvantaged by not continuing formal learning during this two week time period. Please continue to monitor tldsb.ca and TLDSB social media accounts for updates.

What will happen to co-op students where there are hour requirements for graduation?

The Ministry of Education has stated that no graduates will be disadvantaged by the current school shut down. We hope to have more information about graduation requirements to share with parents soon.

My child is very worried about the impact of COVID-19 in our community.  What can I do to help my child?

We understand that the news of the spread and impact of COVID-19 can have a negative impact on mental health. It is important to remember that children feed off the anxiety of the adults around them. Try to model healthy behaviours while speaking at your child’s level openly and honestly. Monitor the information children are seeing on social media and on the internet. 

Remind children that they are helping everyone by washing their hands often and staying away from public spaces. Focus on what areas of daily life that children can control which could include working together to build a daily schedule of meal routines, outdoor walks, and indoor activities. These activities could include reading, games, dancing, or other expressive art activities.

You can also remind your children that we live in a caring community and they can offer ideas on how to contribute. Examples might be writing a letter to a senior or sending a thank you note to a healthcare provider. Remind children that Canada has a great health care system and we are all well looked after, that they will be okay.

My child is graduating this year. Will the school closure affect my child’s graduation?

The current three week school closure until April 5, 2020 will not impact secondary school graduation. 

What is happening with the Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) EQAO assessments this year?  

All K-12 EQAO assessments have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year per direction from the Ministry of Education. 

What is happening with the Grade 9 Mathematics EQAO assessment in June?

All K-12 EQAO assessments have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year per direction from the Ministry of Education. 

My child forgot to bring something home from school.  Can I arrange to go to the school to get it?

No. Our schools are currently closed to staff, students and visitors.  

We have received confirmation that Scholastic orders placed before the shutdown will still be fulfilled. How do we pick up our orders if schools are still shut down?

Our schools are currently closed to staff, students, and visitors. Families will not be able to collect Scholastic orders until schools re-open.

Will anyone be in TLDSB schools?

TLDSB schools are closed to staff, students and the public.  Only persons with authorization from senior administration will be permitted to enter our worksites.

Are VLC students expected to work as normal from home?

VLC classes are cancelled.

When do school closures begin?

School closures are effective Saturday March 14, 2020.

Can I go to my child’s school?

No.  TLDSB buildings are closed to staff, students and the community.

Will community use of schools permits/programs be cancelled?

Yes. All permits for all organizations and programs will be cancelled until April 5.

Will the schools be cleaned/disinfected before kids are back?

Yes.  We will implement a deep cleaning protocol for all TLDSB buildings based on recommendations from our public health partners.

Will childcare centres be open?

No. Childcare centres and before and after school programs will not run in our buildings during the shutdown. 

Where should I look for current information about the shutdown?

The TLDSB website will be updated regularly as will TLDSB social media platforms. School families will continue to receive School Messenger notifications when appropriate.

Will the school year extend into the summer to make up for this?

t this time we do not have any information about making up for this time. We are awaiting direction from the Ministry of Education.

Will coop programs and programs at the colleges run (OYAP, dual credits, SWAC)?

No.  All school programs are closed.

Will the education centres be open?

No. Our education centres will not be open to the public or to the general staff.  

Will the closure go on longer than two weeks?

We do not know at this time and will communicate any new information as it becomes available.

How will parents be reimbursed for child care?

TLDSB does not oversee daycares and we have not received any information to be able to share from the Ontario government.

Can I get school work for my child?

We have limited information at this time from the Ministry of Education and when we learn more about this, it will be communicated to parents. At this time, schools are not providing work for students during this time. 

Will graduation credits be affected by this school closure?

No, we will work with the Ministry of Education and our schools to ensure students graduate as expected. 

What about the Grade 10 OSSLT?

The Grade 10 OSSLT is cancelled, both due to OSSTF job action and the fact that schools will be closed on the March 31st test date. 

More information about COVID-19:

Let’s Stay Connected

We want to keep our students, parents, and school communities informed. We will release COVID-19 information updates through the following channels:

Website: www.tldsb.ca/covid-19
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TLDSB
Twitter: @TLDSB

Mental health and well-being resources:

Check out available resources through our TLDSB Learning@Home Mental Health and Well-being page.

Other COVID-19 updates:

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit COVID-19 updates

Please see the letter to TLDSB school communities from Director of Education, Larry Hope. This letter highlights the recent announcement of the school closures extension, as well as information about graduations and TLDSB Learning@Home.

The situation involving COVID-19 is constantly evolving. In an effort to ensure community members stay up-to-date, here is a synopsis of the latest information.

What’s New:

  • As of today, there are 187 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s area. Updates about confirmed cases are posted on the Health Unit’s website each day just after lunch. As well, the daily epidemiology report is posted on the website and includes information on resolved cases, current probable cases and current high-risk contacts.
  • Based on the province’s website today (Friday, June 19), there are now 33,095 confirmed cases in Ontario. This includes 28,250 resolved cases and 2,564 deaths.
  • The Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. These additional measures include a comprehensive case and contact management strategy, Protecting Ontarians through Enhanced Case and Contact Management, and, in partnership with the federal government, a new made-in-Ontario national app called COVID Alert.
  • On June 17, the provincial government extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 30, 2020.
  • On June 2, the province extended its Declaration of Emergency until June 30. Based on media reports, the province may soon extend the timeline to mid-July.
  • Under Stage Two of its reopening framework, the province adopted a regional approach to reopening. Under the phased in approach, businesses and services within the area served by the HKPR District Health Unit were able to reopen with modifications and safety measures in place, including:
    Personal service settings
    Restaurant
    Water recreation facilities
  • On June 10, the province announced it would be allowing beaches and campsites to open at Ontario Parks.
  • Health Unit offices will remain closed until at least June 30 to align with the province’s Declaration of Emergency. This date will be extended if the Declaration date is extended until mid-July. Although the offices have been closed and the majority of staff redeployed to the pandemic response, some essential services have remained available, including well water sample drop off and pick up, harm reduction supply pick-up, inspections of high risk food premises, vaccine distribution, infectious disease and sexually transmitted infection case and contact management, and support for new mothers and families through the Healthy Families program.
  • On June 16, the province released a tool to help employers develop a general workplace safety plan.
  • As part of its Stage Two reopening plan, the province announced on June 9 that daycares would be allowed to reopen with safety protocols in place.
  • The province eased restrictions on the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals as of June 13 and provided additional guidance documents for Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies.
  • People throughout Ontario have been encouraged to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. On June 12, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health updated public health advice to allow social circles of up to 10 members including those outside the immediate household.
  • Guidance documents for resuming visits in Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and certain Congregate Living Settings have been uploaded to the Ministry of Health website.
  • The province is allowing visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes and residential care facilities to resume.
  • On June 4, the provincial government announced it was allowing short term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs to resume operations in Ontario starting on Friday, June 5. This decision follows the move to include the re-opening of provincial parks for day use, the gradual reintroduction of backcountry camping at provincial parks and the reopening of marinas and golf courses. The following resources are being provided to those sectors to ensure a safe opening:
    The health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector;
    The health and safety guidelines for hotel reception, room service and front-line staff and;
    The health and safety guidelines for hotel housekeeping and laundry employees.
  • The province is allowing certain summer day camps to operate during the months of July and August 2020. Overnight camps are prohibited from operating during the summer of 2020. To support day camps opening, the province has released a guidance document.
  • With the gradual reopening of businesses, the province is encouraging people to continue following public health measures including washing hands frequently, maintaining a physical distance of six feet between others, and wearing a cloth mask or face covering when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.
  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has developed Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Personal Services Settings during COVID-19.

HKPR Actions:

  • HKPR Medical Officer of Health Dr. Noseworthy participated in a virtual COVID-19 forum for the City of Kawartha Lakes on June 11. Dr. Noseworthy joined a panel of other health care partners and municipal representatives to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in CKL and the work of each partner’s organization in the response.
  • The Health Unit is continuing to work with shelters and group homes to provide them with information about infection prevention and control practices and the use of personal protective equipment.
  • There is currently one outbreak in a long-term care home within the Health Unit’s area. Updates on outbreaks are provided on the Health Unit’s website.
  • Health Unit staff are continuing to work with area farms that employ migrant farm workers to ensure the workers are following quarantine protocols as they arrive in Canada. Public health inspectors will be conducting surveillance of the farms that have workers during the quarantine period. As well, the farms have been asked to develop plans to address accommodation issues should one of the workers become ill.
  • The Health Unit will be contacting all recreational camps to determine their plans for the summer and contacting all day camps to review provincial guidelines.
  • After providing guidance documents and meeting with operators, the Health Unit will be reviewing child care plans and policies and procedures for those facilities that wish to reopen.
  • Health Unit staff will spend the summer training on the new case and contact software being implemented. Salesforce has been selected by the province to replace the Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) as the tool used by Health Units to facilitate case and contact management.
  • The Health Unit has been working on developing internal recovery plans and looking at preparations for reopening Health Unit offices and how services may start to be resumed to support the community.
  • We are continuing to participate in regular calls with the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, our health partners, our municipal partners and provincial politicians, and our Community Emergency Management Groups (CEMCs) to share information and provide updates.
  • Remember to stay up-to-date on the latest information by visiting these sites:
    – The Ontario Ministry of Health (www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)
    – Public Health Ontario website (www.publichealthontario.ca)
    – Public Health Agency of Canada (www.canada.ca/coronavirus)

The situation involving COVID-19 is constantly evolving. In an effort to ensure all staff stay up-to-date, here is this week’s synopsis of information.

What’s New:

  • As of today, there are 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s area. Updates about confirmed cases are posted on the Health Unit’s website each day just after lunch. As well, the daily epidemiology report is posted on the website and includes information on resolved cases, current probable cases and current high-risk contacts.
  • Based on the province’s website yesterday, there are now 26,866 confirmed cases in Ontario. This includes 20,673 resolved cases and 2,189 deaths.
  • On May 19, the province announced that publicly funded schools will remain closed until fall.
  • On May 27, the province extended its Declaration of Emergency until June 9. This order covers a number of closures including: recreational facilities, libraries, private schools and daycares (except for health care workers), bars and restaurants (except for take out or delivery), churches and faith settings, theatres and concert venues. The list of essential businesses was also expanded earlier this month to include the re-opening of trailer parks and seasonal camp grounds, except where those businesses provide accommodation to people with no other residence in Canada. As of May 19, the province is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings under certain conditions. All restaurants and bars are being reminded that under the province’s Emergency Order, all bars and restaurants are to remain closed except for those providing take-out service.
  • Health Unit offices will remain closed until at least June 9 to align with the province’s Declaration of Emergency. Although the offices have been closed and the majority of staff redeployed to the pandemic response, some essential services have remained available, including well water sample drop off and pick up, harm reduction supply pick-up, inspections of high risk
  • food premises, vaccine distribution, infectious disease and sexually transmitted infection case and contact management, and support for new mothers and families through the Healthy Families program.
  • The province released an updated reference document for known symptoms of COVID-19 as of May 25.
  • The province announced expanded testing availability for the following populations:
    Symptomatic testing:
    – All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.
    – Asymptomatic, risk-based testing: People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
    – People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).
    – With the gradual reopening of businesses, the province is encouraging people to continue following public health measures including washing hands frequently, maintaining a physical distance of six feet between others, and wearing a cloth mask or face covering when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.
    – The Ontario government announced May 9 that provincial parks and conservation reserves would open for limited day-use access. The first areas opened on Monday, May 11, with the remaining areas opening on Friday, May 15. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month.
    – On March 19, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province issued a directive that all non-essential and elective services provided by regulated health care providers be ceased. This week, the province amended the directive to allow the gradual restart of deferred and non-essential services provided by health care providers.
    – The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has developed Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Personal Services Settings during COVID-19.
    – The Ministry of Health website is updated daily at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, so please be sure to visit the site for additional updates.

HKPR Actions:

  • HKPR Medical Officer of Health Dr. Noseworthy will participate in a virtual COVID-19 forum for the City of Kawartha Lakes on June 11. Dr. Noseworthy will join a panel of other health care partners and politicians to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in CKL and the work of each partner’s organization in the response.
  • Next week, Dr. Noseworthy will also attend a meeting of Cobourg Council called to discuss whether Victoria Beach in Cobourg should be closed.
  • A number of Health Unit staff are included in the Ontario Public Health Association’s (OPHA) #PublicHealthHeroes campaign.
  • The Health Unit is continuing to work with shelters and group homes to provide them with information about infection prevention and control practices and the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Information for businesses looking to reopen can be found on the Health Unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca.
  • There are currently three outbreaks (one in a long-term care home and two in retirement homes) within the Health Unit’s area – two in the City of Kawartha Lakes and one in Northumberland County. Updates on outbreaks are provided on the Health Unit’s website.
  • Health Unit staff are continuing to work with area farms that employ migrant farm workers to ensure they are following self-isolation protocols as they arrive in Canada. As well, the farms have been asked to develop plans to address accommodation issues should one of the workers become ill.
  • The Health Unit is continuing to work on developing internal recovery plans and looking at preparations for reopening Health Unit offices and how services may start to be resumed to support the community.
  • Public Health Ontario has released a new resource for preparing and preventing CIOID-19 in congregate settings. It has also provided a resource on managing an outbreak in congregate settings.
  • The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services is providing a number of resources and guidance documents to businesses that have re-opened, are getting ready to re-open or will be continuing to operate remotely.
  • People are continuing to visit the Health Unit’s website. With the highest number of daily visits of 13,159 visits recorded on March 26, there continues to be an average of 5,000 visits to the site each day.
  • The Health Unit’s social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) continue to see increases in the number of followers. The number of people following the Health Unit on Facebook has more than doubled since January, and the number of times the Health Unit’s tweets were viewed in April reached 136,000.
  • We are continuing to participate in regular calls with the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, our health partners, our municipal partners and provincial politicians, and our Community Emergency Management Groups (CEMCs) to share information and provide updates.
  • Remember to stay up-to-date on the latest information by visiting these sites: The Ontario Ministry of Health (www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)
  • Public Health Ontario website (www.publichealthontario.ca)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (www.canada.ca/coronavirus)

Today, the Government of Ontario announced that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario will remain closed for the rest of the school year. 

Please see the letter from Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, to all Ontario parents regarding the extended closure.

More information and details will be shared directly with families.

Message from the Minister of Education to Ontario families:

Please see the letter from Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, to all Ontario parents regarding the extended closure of all schools until May 31. 

Letter from the Minister of Education

The situation involving COVID-19 is constantly evolving. In an effort to ensure our community partners stay up-to-date, here is a synopsis of recent information.

What’s New:

  • As of today, there are 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s area. Updates about confirmed cases are posted on the Health Unit’s website each day just after lunch. As well, the daily epidemiology report is posted on the website and includes information on resolved cases, current probable cases and current high-risk contacts.
  • Based on the province’s website, as of today there are now 21,236 confirmed cases in Ontario. This includes 15,845 resolved cases and 1,765 deaths.
  • The province has not updated the announcement that publicly funded schools will remain closed until May 31.
  • The province has extended its Declaration of Emergency until June 2.This order covers a number of closures including: recreational facilities, libraries, private schools and daycares (except for health care workers), bars and restaurants (except for take out or delivery), churches and faith settings, theatres and concert venues. The list of essential businesses was also expanded earlier this month to include the closure of trailer parks and seasonal camp grounds, except where those businesses provide accommodation to people with no other residence in Canada.
  • Health Unit offices will remain closed until at least June 2 to align with the province’s Declaration of Emergency.
  • The Ontario government announced May 9 that provincial parks and conservation reserves would open for limited day-use access. The first areas opened on Monday, with the remaining areas opening on Friday, May 15. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month.
  • The province has expanded the testing protocols and symptoms to include a list of atypical symptoms. These are reflected in the updated self-assessment tool.
  • The Ministry of Health has released a new reference document for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Under the Framework for Reopening our Province, the province announced that garden centres and hardware and safety supply stores could now reopen for business and that retail stores, that have a door to the street, could open for curb side pick up only. Other than garden centres and hardware stores, customers are still not permitted inside retail stores. To assist workplaces, the province has released a guidance document that outlines measures to protect staff and customers.
  • The Ministry of Health website is updated daily at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, so please be sure to visit the site for additional updates.

HKPR Actions:

  • HKPR Medical Officer of Health Dr. Noseworthy will participate in a virtual COVID-19 forum for Northumberland County residents on Wednesday, May 13. The event is being hosted by the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland and will take place from 7 to 8 pm. Dr. Noseworthy will join a panel of other health care partners to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in Northumberland County and the work of each partner’s organization in the response.
  • The Health Unit is continuing to work with its health partners to implement enhanced surveillance within long-term care homes, retirement homes and additional congregate settings. The testing in long-term care homes, retirement homes and emergency daycares has been completed. The Health Unit is continuing to work with shelters and group homes to determine what testing will be completed.
  • The Health Unit has developed posters that can be used in workplaces, community gardens, and most recently, for older adults living in retirement homes or communities. These resources are available on the Health Unit’s website and can be downloaded and printed.
  • The Health Unit has provided information and guidance on community gardens.
  • The Health Unit has updated its website to provide information on garage sales and farmer’s markets.
  • Information for businesses looking to reopen can also be found on the Health Unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca.
  • There are currently three outbreaks in long-term care homes within the Health Unit’s area – two in the City of Kawartha Lakes and one in Northumberland County. Updates on outbreaks are provided on the Health Unit’s website. Health Unit staff continue to work with staff from the Pinecrest Nursing Home in the management of the facility’s COVID-19 outbreak. Many of the experiences of Pinecrest have been shared with the province and are being used to shape new provincial directives on the testing and retesting of residents and staff, staffing and the restriction on staff from working in more than one facility.
  • Health Unit staff are continuing to work with area farms that employ migrant farm workers to ensure they are following self-isolation protocols as they arrive in Canada. As well, the farms have been asked to develop plans to address accommodation issues should one of the workers become ill.
  • The Health Unit is developing internal recovery plans to determine how its offices may reopen and programs and services may resume with the appropriate physical distancing protocols in place.
  • We are continuing to participate in regular calls with the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, our health partners, our municipal partners and provincial politicians, and our Community Emergency Management Groups (CEMCs) to share information and provide updates.
  • Remember to stay up-to-date on the latest information by visiting these sites:
    – Ontario Ministry of Health (www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)
    – Public Health Ontario (www.publichealthontario.ca)
    – Public Health Agency of Canada (www.canada.ca/coronavirus)

Today the Government of Ontario announced an extension to the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools will remain closed until May 31, 2020 to help to protect the health and safety of school communities. Also, the TLDSB May 1st professional activity (PA) day will be replaced with the current TLDSB Learning@Home taking place.

TLDSB families are asked to continue to check the TLDSB Learning@Home and TLDSB COVI-19 Updates webpages often for further updates.

A message from the Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

The situation involving COVID-19 is constantly evolving. In an effort to ensure you stay up-to-date, here is this week’s synopsis of information.

What’s New:

  • As of today, there are 138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s area. Updates about confirmed cases, deaths, hospitalizations and resolved cases are posted on the Health Unit’s website each day just after lunch. As well, the daily epidemiology report is now posted on the website.
  • Based on the province’s website, as of today there are now 13,159 confirmed cases in Ontario. This includes 7,087 resolved cases and 763 deaths.
  • Publicly-funded schools will remain closed past the anticipated May 4 opening date. The province has not communicated a date for schools to re-open but has put in place lessons and tools to enable students to continue their learning.
  • The province has extended its Declaration of Emergency until May 12, after which time it will be re-evaluated. This order covers a number of closures, including: recreational facilities, libraries, private schools and daycares (except for health care workers), bars and restaurants (except for take out or delivery), churches and faith settings, theatres and concert venues. The list of essential businesses was also expanded earlier this month to include the closure of trailer parks and seasonal camp grounds, except where those businesses provide accommodation to people with no other residence in Canada.
  • The province has announced that testing will now be done for all residents and staff of Ontario’s long-term care homes in an outbreak, and surveillance testing of asymptomatic residents and staff will be done for homes not in an outbreak.
  • The Premier is asking the federal government to send in members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Public Health Agency of Canada to help at five priority long-term care homes.
  • The province has just expanded the testing protocols and symptoms to include a list of atypical symptoms. These are reflected in the updated self-assessment tool.
  • Health care providers wanting to help address health human resources disruptions can register at onhealthworkforcematching.ca. Thousands of regulated and unregulated health professionals have already registered to be deployed to address coverage gaps. In the past three days, applications have been received from 800 volunteers for the long-term care sector through this tool, to match them to long-term care homes experiencing crisis. These are doctors, nurses, allied health care professionals and other PSWs to provide PSW support to residents (feeding, bathing, etc.).
  • Earlier this week, the province announced that, although social distancing and public health measures are still necessary, the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario has likely peaked.
  • The Ministry of Health website is updated daily at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, so please be sure to visit the site for additional updates.

HKPR Actions:

  • On April 14, the Health Unit issued a Class Section 22 Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act that allows the Health Unit to seek fines for people who do not self-isolate after they (a) have been confirmed to have the virus, (b) have been in contact with a confirmed case, (c) are awaiting test results, or (d) have been a close contact of a person mentioned in (a), (b) or (c). Health Unit staff are in contact with these individuals daily to ensure they remain in self-isolation for the required period of time. Additional information about the Class Section 22 Order is posted on the Health Unit’s website.
  • The Health Unit is now only receiving positive test results for case and contact management and follow up. Health Unit staff from all disciplines are working as part of the medical surveillance team to do daily contact with confirmed cases or individuals identified under the Class Section 22 Order to ensure they are self-isolating.
  • Health Unit staff continue to work with staff from the Pinecrest Nursing Home in the management of the facility’s COVID-19 outbreak. Many of the experiences of Pinecrest are being shared with the province and are being used to shape new provincial directives related to outbreak management in Long-Term Care Homes.
  • The Ross Memorial Hospital declared an outbreak on April 18 and the Health Unit has been providing support to hospital staff regarding testing and case and contact management.
  • Health Unit offices will remain closed until at least May 12, after which time the date will be re-evaluated. Although the offices remain closed, the Health Unit is still accepting well water samples from area residents.
  • Health Unit staff are continuing to work with area farms that employ migrant farm workers to ensure they are following self-isolation protocols as they arrive in Canada. As well, the farms have been asked to develop plans to address accommodation issues should one of the workers become ill.
  • The Health Unit’s Health Sector Liaison team is continuing to meet and have discussions with health partners on a variety of topics and issues, including increased testing, surveillance testing, provision of personal protective equipment, and infection prevention and control.
  • The Health Unit is continuing to work with municipalities to address the needs of our vulnerable populations, discussing housing needs, washroom access, testing, food access, and shelter issues.
  • The Health Unit’s website is continuing to be updated daily with additional information, videos and resources. Visits to the Health Unit’s website have increased from average of 470 a day in February to between 5,000 to 10,000 visits a day in March and April.
  • The Health Unit continues to share information through social media. The number of people following the Health Unit on Facebook has almost doubled while Twitter posts are viewed average 1,000 times. The Health Unit continues to respond to questions, misinformation, posts and comments on all social media platforms
  • We are continuing to participate in regular calls with the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, our health partners, our municipal partners and provincial politicians, and our Community Emergency Management Groups (CEMCs) to share information and provide updates.
  • Remember to stay up-to-date on the latest information by visiting these sites:
    – The Ontario Ministry of Health website (www.ontario.ca/coronavirus) o Public Health Agency of Canada website (www.canada.ca/coronavirus)

Today the Government of Ontario announced an extension to the closure of schools due to COVID-19. All Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools will remain closed to staff until May 1, and to students until May 4. 

TLDSB is working with school staff on a TLDSB Learning@Home continuity of learning plan that will be shared on this website shortly.

Please visit tldsb.ca/covid19/often for updates. 

Please see a letter from the Director of Education to all Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) families regarding the current COVID-19 situation below:

Dear Parents/Guardians;

I know there are many, many parents of Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) at home wondering what is going to happen to their child’s education and to the rest of the school year. There may also be increasing concerns about your child’s mental health and even your own well-being as you make your way through each day in this new reality. First of all, you are not alone. We all have questions and we understand that not having clear answers can be frustrating. Secondly, there are supports available in the community and elsewhere if you or your children are struggling. I have placed a few links to resources at the end of this letter.

At this point in time, we do not know how long the closure of schools is going to be. We are told that the Ministry of Education will be letting us know soon. When we know, we will share this information with you as quickly as possible.

There is currently some confusion about learning for your children during these two weeks of shutdown until April 3. I have no expectation that students will engage in any formal academic learning while they are at home during this initial school shutdown period, and as we gather input from our staff about what is reasonable and manageable within our context. First of all, and most importantly, you and your family need to look after your own needs first. Your health, safety, and well-being are your priority right now.

Secondly, we want to be sure that programming and resources are in place that are fair and equitable for all our students if the shutdown is going to continue for any length of time. This includes consideration for families who do not have internet access or resources for any number of reasons. I want to assure you that school boards across the province are working together and with the Ministry of Education to develop a plan that will provide curricular support in a variety of ways so that access will be reasonably available to all.

In the interim, I encourage you to take a look at resources that have been posted by the government of Ontario through the Learn at Home initiative. Additionally, please consider the positive impact something as simple as integrating learning into your daily routines can be. For example, a half hour of reading a couple times a day, measuring in the kitchen or workshop, or tuning into online learning resources if you are able. These are a few simple things that can support our students with continuation of learning in a manageable way until more formal learning opportunities are implemented.

I know that our educators are just as anxious as you are to learn what the plan is going to be. Many of our staff have been or are in the process of reaching out to students to check in to see how things are going. We are highly supportive of our staff reaching out and engaging with their students and families but again, I have not directed our staff to do so in the short term.

We are clearly in unprecedented times. Like you, we have many questions. We have tried to ensure timely response to the questions that come our way, and responses we have are posted on the TLDSB website at tldsb.ca/covid19/. Please check back often.

The best thing you can do right now is to focus on your family and being well. As always, we will get through this. And as always, we will do our best to keep you as up-to-date as possible in these times of change.

Thank you for your continued support.

Larry Hope
Director of Education

Resources:

You can also view the PDF letter.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schoolyard playgrounds are closed due to COVID-19. It is a good idea to allow children to play outside each day, but during this time, please do not allow your children to play on TLDSB playground equipment. The playground equipment is an extension of closure due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

A Message from the Minister of Education to Ontario’s Families:

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools will be closed for two weeks until Monday, April 5.

Please see the letter from the Minister of Education to families.

A message from the Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

The situation involving COVID-19 is constantly evolving. In an effort to ensure our community partners stay up-to-date, here is this week’s synopsis of information.

What’s New:

  • As of today, there are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s area. Updates about confirmed cases will be posted on the Health Unit’s website each day just after lunch (www.hkpr.on.ca).
  • There are now 257 confirmed cases in Ontario. This includes five resolved cases and two deaths.
  • In Ontario, there are 3,972 persons under investigation with lab results pending.
  • The province declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday, March 17, enforcing the closures recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. These closures include: recreational facilities, libraries, private schools and daycares, bars and restaurants (except for take out or delivery), churches and faith settings, theatres and concert venues.
  • Health partners and stakeholders at regional levels have been working together to implement assessment and testing centres to help reduce the pressures on hospital emergency departments. At this time, assessment and testing centres have been set up at two of the hospitals in the Health Unit’s area, with work underway to expand the number and implement testing by paramedics for people unable to leave their homes.
  • Municipalities throughout the Health Unit’s area have declared emergencies, closed offices and facilities, and changed service delivery.
  • The Ministry of Health website is updated daily at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, so please be sure to visit the website for additional updates.

HKPR Actions:

  • With the provincial emergency declaration, Dr. Noseworthy officially enacted the Health Unit’s emergency response plan in order to prompt local municipalities to set up their own Emergency Operation Centres. The Health Unit also amended its IMS structure to include additional liaison groups to communicate with municipalities and health care partners.
  • The Health Unit issued two media releases – one on the activation of the Health Unit’s emergency response plan and the other about changes to the organization’s operations and office closures (see attached).
  • The Health Unit has added a chart on its website that lists the confirmed cases in its area. This chart will be updated daily after lunch. The Health Unit has cancelled all programming except essential services. All staff have been redeployed to cover the call centre, develop communication materials for the public or work with local businesses and restaurants to ensure compliance with the new orders released by the Premier. The call centre is now receiving hundreds of calls each day, with many calls taking hours to resolve. A message has been added to the Health Unit’s website to alert people to the high call volume and request they leave a message so a call can be returned. Call centre staff are working into the evenings and weekends to return calls.
  • The Health Unit’s website is continuing to be updated daily with additional information, videos and resources.
  • Remember to stay up-to-date on the latest information by visiting these sites:
    The Ontario Ministry of Health website
    Public Health Agency of Canada website 
    Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Media Release: Updates from the Local Health Unit

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is continuing to support its communities of Haliburton County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County through the COVID-19 response.

The Health Unit enacted its Incident Operations Centre (IOC) in January and has been working since then to move staff to the areas most needed to either provide essential inspection services, conduct case and contact follow-up with people, or respond to questions about testing. Health Unit staff have also been working with health system partners and providers regarding infection prevention and control practices, assessment centres, testing and pandemic preparedness. As well, inspectors are now working with local businesses and restaurants to ensure compliance with new orders released by the Premier.

Please note the following changes to Health Unit business:

  • A media release will be issued only for the first confirmed COVID-19 case in each county. Updates on the number of confirmed cases and county of residence of new cases can be found on the Health Unit website at hkpr.on.ca. The site will be updated regularly with new information.
  • • Effective Monday, March 23, all HKPR District Health Unit offices will be closed to the public except for lab pick up and delivery, needle exchanges and Naloxone.
  • Water bottle drop off will still be available at the Health Unit offices and most of the current community locations, but paperwork will not be checked by Health Unit staff. New water bottles will be located outside of the Health Unit doors. Please visit hkpr.on.ca for updates on community drop off locations.
  • All Health Unit classes, clinics or meetings have been cancelled whether these were to be held in the Health Unit office or in a community meeting space or school.
  • All Health Unit programming, except the COVID-19 response, and essential services, has been cancelled.
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children family visits will be conducted by telephone or virtual meetings.
  • Public Health Inspectors are working with long-term care homes and retirement homes to ensure active screening, infection prevention and control practices, and pandemic preparedness measures are in place. Inspectors are also monitoring local businesses to ensure compliance with closure orders from the province with the declaration of the State of Emergency.
  • Staff are continuing to respond to the hundreds of calls received each day through the Health Unit’s call centre. Residents are asked to be patient and their call will be returned. Please do not leave multiple phone messages as this detracts from the time needed to respond to calls. If people have questions, they can also send an email to info@hkpr.on.ca.
  • Anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 symptoms or has been in close contact with someone who has it is asked to visit ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus to use a self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to seek further care.

The Health Unit encourages everyone to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • Staying home if they are sick
  • Washing their hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue
  • Refraining from visiting anyone at a hospital, retirement or long-term care home
  • Practising social distancing
  • Remaining in self-isolation if they have returned from travel outside of Canada
  • Complying with the provincial order related to the Declaration of Emergency.

Media Release
Medical Officer of Health Declares Community Emergency with COVID-19

The local medical officer of health is echoing today’s announcement by the provincial government to declare an emergency related to COVID-19.

Due to this declaration, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health has activated the agency’s emergency response plan. This activation prompts local municipalities to set up their own emergency operation centres (EOCs) in order to move supports and resources in place for their communities.

“This is an unprecedented but warranted action for a very challenging time,” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy. “We need to do everything we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our residents.”

Due to the provincial declaration, the Health Unit is enforcing the actions put forward last night by the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for the province, including:

  • The closure of all facilities providing recreational programs;
  • The closure of public libraries;
  • The closure of private schools and licensed child care facilities;
  • The closure of all bars and restaurants, with the exception of restaurants that can shift to takeout/delivery mechanisms;
  • The closure of all churches and faith settings;
  • The closure of all theatres and concert venues

“The health and wellness of our community continues to be our top priority,” says Dr. Noseworthy, “and these steps are crucial to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Residents are encouraged to help protect their health by washing their hands thoroughly and frequently, covering their coughs and sneezes, staying home if they are ill, and practising social distancing when out in public by staying at least two metres away from others. As well, anyone returning from travel outside of Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms unless they are an essential service worker, including health care workers.

If you think you have 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, visit the Ministry of Health’s website to use the self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-self-assessment

The Health Unit is continuing to work with its health care partners and municipal partners in this response. Residents are encouraged to visit www.hkpr.on.ca for updated information.

COVID-19 Update – TLDSB – March 12

The Ontario government stated this afternoon that all publicly funded schools in Ontario are ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5. This means that Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools will be closed to staff and students for two additional weeks following the March Break, reopening Monday, April 6.

Important information about novel coronavirus COVID-19:

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) continues to monitor the increasing number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario and around the world. As precautionary measures the following is taking place:

  • There is increased surface cleaning taking place in all schools. 
  • All international, out-of-province, and out-of-district school trips have been cancelled for the rest of the school year – individual schools are working with tour operators to determine rescheduling or refund options.
  • The Trillium Lakelands District Arts Camp (TLAC) has been cancelled for this year – families will receive refunds within the next couple of weeks.
  • Schools have been asked to consider temporarily cancelling the shared use of musical instruments.
  • Disinfectant wipes* have been made available in schools for wiping shared items including keyboard.
  • Hand sanitizer* has been made available to schools to be used by students under the direction of an adult.

*limited supplies of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer are available in schools due to the increased requests for the product across the province

TLDSB is in regular contact with local health units. Our health partners continue to remind us to take the usual measures to reduce the transmission of flu and respiratory illness including: 

  • Get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only).
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Consult your physician if you have any concerns.

March Break
Many of our families will be travelling over the March Break. The following information about things to do before you leave, while travelling, and when you return has been provided by our public health partners.

Before you leave
Our health units strongly encourage anyone travelling outside of Canada to check the Government of Canada website for travel advice and advisories related to COVID-19. These advisories are the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information. They give you important advice to help you to make informed decisions and to travel safely while you are abroad. No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave. Safety and security conditions may change between the date you book your travel and your departure date.

Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397.

During your trip
Continue to follow the usual health precautions such as washing hands, avoiding contact with people who are sick, and covering your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing. Avoid spending time in large crowds or in crowded areas, avoid high risk areas such as farms, live animal markets, and areas where animals may be slaughtered, avoid contact with animals (alive or dead), avoid surfaces with animal droppings or secretions, avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products, be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice. If you become sick when you are travelling, avoid contact with others except to see a health care professional. If you feel sick during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer.

When you return
We ask that anyone who is travelling outside of Canada do the following when they return: Monitor your health and the health of your family for flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) for 14 days upon return – regular routines may be followed at this time. If flu-like symptoms develop, contact your local health unit immediately.

Both the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit provide us with regular information about novel coronavirus.

A message from the Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) is providing school families with an update on the COVID-19 situation. Although the risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 remains low in Ontario, the local Health Unit continues to work closely with provincial and federal governments and its community health partners (e.g. hospitals, health care providers, school boards) to ensure a coordinated response and to prepare should a case develop locally.

COVID-19 Plan – Just as families prepare a home safety plan for fire, being prepared for COVID-19 is no different. The Health Unit recommends families start creating a household plan in the event a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in the community. We all have a role in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan – household members, relatives, and friends to determine the needs of each person.
  • Practise everyday prevention actions to reduce your risk of respiratory illnesses:
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands;
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm;
  • Stay home if you or a family member are ill;
  • Choose a room in the home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy
  • Regularly clean and disinfect (common disinfectant product) objects and high-touch surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, fridge/cabinet handles, countertops, light switches);
  • Get your flu shot to protect you from the flu;
  • If you are ill and must visit a healthcare provider, clinic, or hospital emergency department, call ahead or tell them right away when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to be seen; and
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care homes if you are sick.
  • Plan ways to care for those family members who might be at greater risk for serious complications – consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring the health of family members (i.e. elderly, those who have weak immune system) for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

There have been a lot of recent reports in the news about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are in close contact with our two public health units and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the spread of COVID-19. At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in the Muskoka, Haliburton, or Kawartha Lakes area. The risk for COVID-19 remains low for the province of Ontario.

What steps can families take?

We want to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as preventing the cold and flu. It is important to reassure your children about their personal safety and health. Telling children that it is okay to be concerned is comforting. Reassure them they are safe and there are many things they can do to stay healthy, including:

  • Hand washing: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cough/sneeze etiquette: Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue.
  • Stay home when sick: Students/children should tell parents if they are not feeling well, and together, make a plan to stay home from school.
  • Keep clean: Keep hands away from face and mouth.
  • Stay healthy: Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, and getting enough sleep.

How is our school preparing?

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is taking steps to be sure that we are prepared for any spread of COVID-19. Currently we are making sure that all surface areas in schools are cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are being delivered to schools. School staff will monitor the use of these products by students. There will be immediate replacement of custodial staff if a custodian must be absent. And our schools are reminding students of the preventative measures listed above.

March Break Travel

March Break is coming up and many families have travel plans in place both inside Canada and to other countries. Currently the risk associated with COVID-19 is low for Canada. The risk to Canadian travellers abroad is generally low but will vary depending on the destination. Please consult the Ontario travel section on their web page and on Canada travel.gc.ca for the latest travel advice.

Download the Letter to Families (PDF)

A message from the Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

As part of the Health Unit’s commitment to providing ongoing communication regarding COVID-19, we are providing regular updates to our community partners in education, children’s services, and municipal government. Please visit our website at http://www.hkpr.on.ca/featured_posts/novel-coronavirus/ for more information including media releases issued by the Health Unit, accurate COVID-19 facts, and links to provincial and federal resources.

This week’s key message:

The risk to Ontario residents from COVID-19 continues to be low, but this is still peak flu season.

It’s not too late to protect yourself from the flu! If you know anyone who has not yet had their flu shot, encourage them to visit a pharmacy or their health care provider to get immunized. The flu shot, together with washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, practising cough and sneeze etiquette and staying home if you are ill are your best defense against illness this winter.

What’s New:

As of today, there are 14 persons under investigation in Ontario with lab results pending.

The third confirmed case in Ontario has fully recovered, and their case is considered resolved.

The Ministry of Health continues to work with federal and local partners to support repatriated citizens who arrived on the three flights to CFB Trenton.

The Government of Canada has chartered a plane to repatriate Canadians on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. The aircraft will bring passengers from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, after which they will be assessed and transported to the NAV Canada Training Institute in Cornwall to undergo a further 14-day period of quarantine. Before boarding in Japan, passengers will be screened for symptoms. Those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board and will instead be transferred to the Japanese health system to receive appropriate care.

Case and contact management is underway for passengers who were aboard MS Westerdam and have returned to Canada via commercial routes.

The Ministry of Health website is updated daily at 10:30 am, so please be sure to visit the site for additional updates.

HKPR Actions:

Our Incident Operations Centre (IOC) continues to meet regularly to manage the Health Unit’s response.

Staff have received training on active screening of clients receiving services in person.

The call centre continues to operate and respond to questions and concerns.

We are continuing to participate in regular calls with the Ministry of Health for information updates.

A message from the Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

As part of the Health Unit’s commitment to providing ongoing communication regarding 2019-nCoV (now called COVID-19), we are providing regular updates to our community partners in education, children’s services, and municipal government. Please visit our website at http://www.hkpr.on.ca/featured_posts/novel-coronavirus/ for more information including media releases issued by the Health Unit, accurate COVID-19 facts, and links to provincial and federal resources.

This Week’s Key Message:

The situation involving the COVID-19 is constantly evolving including the name of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease caused by the virus (COVID-19). In an effort to ensure all community partners stay up-to-date, here is this week’s synopsis of information. The risk to Ontario residents from COVID-19 continues to be low.

What’s New:

A new case definition, with expanded travel history, and home isolation recommendations have been released from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health, post-secondary institutions, school boards and health units are preparing for the return of students and staff who may travel to China during upcoming reading break, spring breaks and March breaks.

All staff or students who have travelled to Hubei Province, China in the previous 14 days, on their return to Canada are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days and report by telephone to public health units to arrange for daily symptom monitoring.

All staff or students who have travelled to mainland China in the previous 14 days, on their return to Canada are being asked to self-monitor for 14 days and contact public health or their health care provider should they become symptomatic.

As of today, there are 8 persons under investigation in Ontario with lab results pending.

The third confirmed case in Ontario has fully recovered, and their case is considered resolved.

The Ministry of Health continues to work with federal and local partners to support repatriated citizens who arrived on the three flights to CFB Trenton.

Updated guidance documents for Acute Care, Paramedics, Primary Care, Home and Community Care and Long-Term Care settings have been added to the Ministry of Health website. Additional guidance documents will be uploaded as appropriate. The website is updated daily at 10:30 am, so please visit the site for additional updates.

HKPR Actions:

Our Incident Operations Centre (IOC) is meeting regularly to coordinate our response and ensure all Health Unit staff have the appropriate training for their roles.

Our call centre continues to operate to address community inquiries.

We are participating in regular calls with the Ministry of Health for information updates.

A message from your local health unit:

This is peak flu season and we are seeing influenza and respiratory viruses in the community. To help stop the spread of illness:

  • Wash your hands
  • Follow proper cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Stay home if you are ill

For more information about how to protect yourself from the flu, visit the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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