COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

Living With COVID-19

Assess The Risk and Find Your Balance

Even as provincial regulations are lifted, the COVID-19 virus is still present in our community and globally. Public Health measures continue to reduce the spread and help protect the most vulnerable. This is a significant time of transition for everyone. Please be kind to yourself and one another as we all find our balance, navigate personal risks, choose ongoing protective measures, and re-establish routines and activities. Consider:

  • Each individual will have a different perception of risk. Start an open conversation to talk about those needs and understand the risks of others.
  • Approach risk from your comfort level and the impact it may have on others.
  • Protecting the most vulnerable is very important.

The following links provide more information on what you can do to help protect yourself and others:

ALWAYS

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Stay Home When Sick
  • Practice Good Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
  • Follow Federal Travel Guidance 

WHEN POSSIBLE

  • Wear a Mask
  • Gather Outdoors or in Well Ventilated Spaces
  • Practice Physical Distancing
  • Avoid Large Gatherings

Get Vaccinated

A complete vaccine series is the best defence against getting and spreading COVID-19. Vaccination for COVID-19 reduces the severity of the disease and helps limit the impact on the healthcare system. If more people are able to cope and stay home with less severity of the illness, it allows hospitals to care for the very sick.

Learn more about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Stay Home When Sick

Your health and the health of others around you is important. If you feel sick or unwell, stay home and continue to monitor your symptoms. If you are in distress call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette

Good hand hygiene is important to stop the spread of germs. We frequently touch surfaces and move from one point to the next. Hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer limits the spread by breaking the chain of transmission.

Wear a Mask 

A face mask can provide some protection when a person is in:

  • Closed spaces
  • Crowded places
  • Close contact settings

For more information on the safe use of face masks or covering please refer to: 

Do You Have Symptoms and/or Have Been Exposed?

Questions about COVID-19 testing or guidance for cases and contacts? Contact the Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line at 1-888-777-0730. The line is available every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit www.ontario.ca/exposed at any time.

Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who test positive for COVID-19 must follow the below guidance:

See Table 1 – page 12: Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario

Individuals who have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 must follow the below guidance:

Individuals who are a high risk case or contact (work in a highest risk setting), report your exposure to your employer for further direction.

For more information please refer to the provincial guidance documents below: 

Testing 

PCR testing for COVID-19 infection has been prioritized for high-risk individuals including, but not limited, to patient-facing healthcare workers; staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in highest risk settings; and household members of staff in highest risk settings and patient-facing health care. Highest risk settings/individuals include: hospitals, Long-Term Care, retirement homes, congregate living settings and health care workers providing care to immunocompromised people. 

Ontarians can get a free rapid testing kit for at-home use through participating pharmacies and grocery locations. Please check the provincial website to find the COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit locator (Ontario.ca)

For more information about COVID-19 testing locally, please visit our Testing Eligibility webpage. 

School & Child Care Guidance

Do you have a child(ren) that attends school and/or childcare? Complete the COVID-19 School or Child Care Screening if you are unsure if your child should attend.