Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not. Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:
- older people
- people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)
How to protect yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
Government of Ontario launches online self-assessment tool
Are you wondering whether to go to your doctor, a walk-in clinic, the hospital - or just stay home? The Government of Ontario launched a new online self-assessment tool to help you decide your next steps. Visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
How is the Municipality of Bayham preparing
The Municipality of Bayham considers the health and wellbeing of the community a primary concern.
As the COVID-19 virus continues to pose an evolving threat to the community, the Municipality is taking steps to safeguard the community:
- Posting signs reminding sick people to NOT come into municipal facilities.
- Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations that are available to the public and staff.
- Increasing the cleaning and disinfection frequency for public washrooms, change facilities and touch-surfaces like doorknobs and handrails.
- Encouraging those that can do their business with the Municipality online or via phone to do so, and avoid unnecessary trips to municipal offices.
- Directing employees who are unwell or who have been advised to self-quarantine to stay home.
The Municipality expects things to change given the evolving nature of this threat. The Municipality continues to monitor and adjust to new information.
How Ontario is preparing
Ontario is working with its partners in the health care system implementing a robust plan to monitor for, detect and, if needed, isolate any cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Health is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians. This includes:
- monitoring hospitals for potential cases of the virus in individuals with travel history to areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19
- adding the 2019 novel coronavirus as a designated disease reportable under Ontario's public health legislation, enabling local public health units to quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection
- ongoing planning with federal and provincial/territorial partners and readiness to coordinate with other provinces/territories
- meeting with hospitals, paramedics and local public health units near Pearson International Airport to provide further information on the federal border screening measures
The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by an over-abundance of both accurate and inaccurate information. With that in mind, stay abreast of new developments in the COVID-19 outbreak through trusted resources including:
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Southwestern Public Health: https://www.swpublichealth.ca/n-cov
Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html
The information within this notice is sourced from the Province of Ontario and Southwestern Public Health