Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an evolving situation and we'll continue to update information as it becomes available.
The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority, and we work daily with local hospitals, primary care, emergency services, the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and other provincial and federal partners in response to this new virus.
Travellers who have returned from anywhere outside Canada are required by law to:
Trailers that are self-contained with washroom facilities and running water are permitted to operate under the Ontario Provincial Government’s list of essential services during the state of emergency. Campgrounds must exclude trailers that are not equipped with these facilities or campers using tents and other structures until further notice. This is in an effort to prohibit the use of communal washrooms and spaces that non-self-contained campers would rely on to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
For those camping with trailers that are self-contained, the park must:
It's not certain how long COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Preliminary information on COVID-19 suggests that the virus may live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on:
High touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or hand sanitize. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Products shipped within or from outside of Canada could also be contaminated. However, because packages usually take days or weeks to be delivered, and are shipped at room temperature, the risk of spread is low. There is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages.
If you're in self-isolation and need to go out for any reason, call the Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Line at 905-688-8248 press 7, then press 2 and a nurse will provide you with detailed instructions to follow.
Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it's still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you're sick.
If you're sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer of Canada, has emphasized that for people that are well, there is no need to wear a mask to protect against novel coronavirus. She advises that wearing masks when you're well is not an effective measure.
Wearing masks in public may raise alarm and fear. Widespread use of masks may also result in shortage of supplies for health care providers who need them most. If you're a health care provider, check with your employer around mask use.
The only people in the household should be those who are responsible for providing care to the sick person.
People who are not taking care of the sick person should make arrangements to live somewhere else until the sick person is better. If this is not possible, other people in the home should stay in another room or be separated from the sick person.
Restrict contact with others:
Infection prevention in your home:
Businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees.
To help your business prepare and manage itself through COVID-19, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a Pandemic Preparedness Guide. It contains best practice tools and resources that can be used to prepare your workplace.
If the individual answers yes to any of the screening questions, or refuses to answer, then they have failed the screening and should not enter the building.
Best practice guidelines that can help prevent the spread of germs.
The Goverment of Ontario has provided detailed information to help keep Ontarians safe.
When dealing with very small numbers, it can be difficult to maintain anonymity. When someone loses a family member, it's a painful and tragic event, and it's important to ensure that individuals, families and communities aren't stigmatized.
At this time, we're only releasing the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Niagara. When additional detail is relevant for the public to understand their risk, we'll also release that.
Our public health nurses are actively tracing confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to provide the most up-to-date information to the public.
We're confident in our laboratory testing and infection prevention and control measures.
There's much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.