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Town monitoring COVID-19 situation

Mar 12, 2020 | Communications | General

The Town of Orangeville is closely monitoring information with respect to COVID-19. Town managers have met and are following the guidelines provided by Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. The Health Canada website has more information about the risk to Canadians, how to protect yourself and your family, and travel advice.

  • Using the guidelines from government and health agencies, the Town has implemented the following measures:
  • Increased the number of public hand sanitizer stations in public facilities
  • Displaying provincial posters in public facilities with respect  to basic infection prevention information
  • Increased cleaning schedules and practices in public facilities, including transit buses
  • Set up a website page to advise the community about COVID-19 and links to provincial and federal information sources, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Reviewing a business continuity plan to ensure essential services will be available in the event of significant staff absences
  • Posting signage at entrances to municipal buildings advising members of the public not to enter if they have two or more of the symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing)

The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to practice general infection prevention control. This includes:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Stay home when you are ill
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

The Town will provide updates as information is confirmed and any additional actions are taken. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to stay informed by regularly reviewing evidence-based, credible sources about the COVID-19 situation. For further information, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 Ext 7006, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and or your primary care provider.

To learn more, visit:

Ministry of Health Ontario COVID 19 site

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-health/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Health Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html