Face Covering/Mask Instruction Extension
After careful review, Dr. Paula Stewart is extending the Face Covering/Mask Instruction as long as the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 is in effect. Read Dr. Stewart’s review of the Instruction and rationale for extension here.
Health Unit Phone Lines
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has phone lines open for the public.
Information for Schools
We have a new school/parent phone line starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020: 1-866-236-0123 – Open 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekends.
You must screen for COVID-19 every day before your child goes to school. Answer the questions in this provincial screening tool to help you decide if your child should or should not go to school today.
- COVID-19 Screening Tool Hard Copy
- Outil de dépistage de la COVID-19 pour les enfants qui fréquentent les écoles et les services de garde d’enfants
Ontario’s Plan to Re-Open Schools
Local Health Units Announce Regional Approach to Mandatory Masks
In Eastern Ontario, we have worked together on a regional approach to mandatory masks. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, this Instruction will require premises with indoor public spaces to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces. This is an added measure to the existing public health measures in place, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Rationale for this decision
- July 6, 2020 Media Teleconference
- Mask Required Poster
- Mandatory Mask Use Letter to Employers, Business Owners and Operators
We continue to have a low number of new cases, so please continue to practice physical distancing of 2m/6ft, stay home when you are sick, wash your hands, and do regular cleaning of common hard surfaces as well as wearing a face covering/mask in enclosed indoor spaces.
Our offices and service sites are closed to the walk-in public – Check here for a listing of our essential services.
Our website has answers to many of your questions, but if you would like to speak to someone, call 1-800-660-5853 – extension 2222 for COVID-19 questions, extension 2308 for business re-opening questions, extension 2499 for all other inquires.
– Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health
If you have trouble finding something in the COVID-19 section or want to see something added, please call 1-800-660-5853 extension 2275.
Health Unit Services During COVID-19
Health Unit offices and Service sites are currently CLOSED to WALK-IN PUBLIC – Check here for a listing of our essential services.
We are allowing some visitors that need to access our offices and service sites to deliver goods and services or to attend meetings with Health Unit staff. All visitors that have a prearranged permission to enter an office MUST complete the Visitor Screening Tool before entry is granted. Please communicate the result of the screen to your Health Unit contact person.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
Information on the virus itself as well as prevention and protection measures are available in the Protection from COVID-19 section of our website.
When you do need to go out in public, take a cloth face covering/mask with you so you can put it on when you are potentially in close contact with other people. Check here for more information on mask wearing.
Surveillance Reports and Local Cases
We publish a report and geographic map with more details about the local statistics and cases since March 26, 2020. These reports are posted on this site at 4:00pm every Monday to Friday. Check here to read more about Surveillance Reports and Local Cases.
Testing is open to anyone who has symptoms or is concerned they may have COVID-19. There are Assessment Centres in Almonte, Brockville and Smiths Falls where testing is available every day. Check here to find out how and where to get tested.
COVID-19 case management and contact tracing helps track who had the virus and prevent further transmission. Check here for more information on Contact Tracing.
Re-opening of Business, Recreation and Leisure
Find COVID-19 resources for employers, employees, and members of the public accessing businesses. This link also includes places of worship, summer camps, pools and splash pads.
Each municipality is in charge of opening their own facilities that have been identified in the Stage 2 re-opening. Check here for more information about parks, pools, and summer camps.
Coping, Helping and Mental Wellness/Gatherings and Social Circles
It’s OK to not feel OK. This is a challenging time for everyone. Creating new routines and rituals, and finding ways to have fun and be active can help to adjust to this new situation. Check here for more information and help lines.
As part of the emergency order, you are not permitted to gather in groups of more than 10 people. Social Circles are a way to have close contact with another household. Check here for more information on the rules around gathering and your social circles.
The Ontario Ministry of Health has a comprehensive website with directives and announcements. Check here for Government Links.
COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Centres
As the Government of Ontario continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, childcare centres in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark are now permitted to re-open provided they have specific rules, enhanced health and safety, as well as strict operational requirements in place. Visit our COVID-19 and Child Care Centres section for more information.
Information for Schools
Schools are currently closed under an order from the Province.
Information for Health Care Providers and Hospitals
Reportable Diseases Toolkit and Outbreak Resources
Information for Emergency Service Workers
Signs and Resources You Can Print and Share
General Information About COVID-19
- Reopening Ontario – the framework for reopening the Province
- Public Health Guidance for Businesses in Leeds Grenville and Lanark
- Valley Heartland in Lanark and North Leeds COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
- Farmer’s Markets and COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Food Premises
- Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in our Community Food Programs
- Guidance for Temporary Foreign Workers
- COVID-19 Guidance: Funeral and Bereavement Services
- For local information on who to call if you have a concern or complaint see the COVID-19 Response Chart
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark COVID-19 Update from Senior Public Health Inspector – Thursday, May 21, 2020
- Ministry of Labour: Flu and Your Workplace
- Ontario Medical Association: COVID-19 FAQ
- Canadian Mental Health Association: Here2Help
- For more information and resources on COVID-19 visit https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.
Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sector guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job. Posters for both employers and workers also offer advice on preventative actions, including physical distancing and workplace sanitation. Employers are encouraged to download the posters to print and post in the workplace.
As new sectors of the economy begin to reopen, additional COVID-19 workplace safety resources will be added.
Guidance from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Food processing sector
Restaurant and food services sector
Long term care sector
Guidance from health and safety associations
The Ontario government works closely with health and safety associations.
The following associations have released a series of technical sector guidance documents to further support employers and workers:
- Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
- Public Service Health and Safety Association
- Workplace Safety North
- Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
- Curbside pickup and delivery services
- Executives and management
- Sales and customer service representatives
- Lawn care workers
- Commercial industrial services
- Community garden
- Worker transportation to work sites
- Worker procedures handing paperwork
- Worker responsibilities
- Supervisor responsibilities
- Construction facility hygiene
- Best practices for employer responding to a suspected COVID-19 exposure
- Sharing tools (hand tools)
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Handling and receiving packages
- Responding to a suspected COVID-19 exposure if you are:
- Shippers and receivers (IHSA)
- Shipping (WSPS)
- Drivers and truck drivers
- Mental health awareness for drivers
- Precautions for drivers
- Fuelling of vehicles
- Handling and receiving packages
- Cleaning and sanitizing inside of your vehicle
- Transportation services
- Rest stop hygiene
- Hours of service and fatigue management (for employers)
- Employers of office settings (PSHSA)
- Office sector (WSPS)
- Office administration and secretarial staff
Tourism and hospitality
- Tourism and hospitality sector
- Hotel reception, room service and front line staff
- Hotel housekeeping and laundry
- Equipment operators and general labourers
- Quality control engineers and technicians
- Supervisors, production and operations management
- Warehouse workers, forklift operators and material handlers
- Warehousing sector
- Service managers, service technicians and other vehicle sales and service employees
- Vehicle sales and service sector
Film and TV
- Television hosts, technical crews and other TV and film employees
- Television, film and live performance sector