COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

Protect yourself and others

What YOU Can Do To Help:

Get the COVID-19 vaccine once you are eligible.

Already fully vaccinated? Your vaccination status does not do away with the requirement to always follow provincial regulations, public health advice, and infection prevention practices. Continue to follow the provincial regulations and public health measures put in place for workplaces and our community until everyone receives the vaccine. 

The Canadian government has provided more information regarding how your vaccination status can impact how you enjoy certain activities or settings here.

Physical distance

  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet (2 metres) away from people outside of your household.
  • Follow the current provincial guidelines for gatherings and organized public events. 
    • Social gatherings and organized public events have set limits for capacity during indoor and outdoor activities.

Wear a face mask

  • A face mask can provide some protection when a person is in:
    • Closed spaces
    • Crowded places
    • Close contact settings
  • Use of a face mask in most indoor settings based on the updated provincial regulations. The Public Health Agency of Canada has provided further guidance on wearing a face mask outdoors and in certain social settings based on vaccination status.
  • Watch this video to review how to use a mask safely.

Wash your hands

  • Good hand hygiene is so 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.

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Your health and the health of others around you is important.
  • If you feel sick or unwell stay home, plan to get tested, and continue to monitor your symptoms. If you are in distress call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
  • Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, the severity of symptoms and steps you can take to seek help.

Close Contacts

COVID-19 is primarily spread through prolonged exposure with an infected individual. A close contact to an infected individual is someone who has exposure for a duration of time of at least 15 minutes or more and is in close proximity to that person.

Lambton Public Health identifies close contacts through contact tracing – a review process that considers an individual’s symptoms, whereabouts, interactions and exposure.

All individuals that are identified as a close contact will be informed and provided appropriate steps to do next.

What to do if you have been identified as a close contact

  • Stay home and self-isolate for 14 days
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms book a COVID-19 test at a Public Assessment Centre. Leaving your house to get tested is acceptable, please follow all safety measures.
  • Remain in self-isolation for the 14 days even if your test result is negative.

Examples

Close ContactNot a Close Contact
Being within 2m (6ft) of an infected individual for longer than 15 minutes. Example: Having face to face conversations over dinner.You had brief, close contact with someone for less than 15 minutes while wearing a mask and/or other barrier in place. Example: check out at the super market
Having multiple close contacts with an individual over a 24-hour periodPassing someone quickly. Example: Passing in the hall at work
Having close, physical contact with someone. Example: hugsGreeting someone while maintaining physical distance.
Living with or caring for an individual with COVID-19.Making deliveries to individuals who are self-isolating but did not have contact with them. Example: dropping off food or medications on the doorstep.

Face Coverings and Masks

Effective July 16th, 2021, Ontario Regulation 364/20 requires masks and face coverings to be worn by all persons (including those that are fully vaccinated) in a manner that covers their mouth, nose, and chin during any period when they are in an indoor area of the premises of the business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization (unless exemptions apply).

An individual is exempt from wearing a mask or face covering in indoor public places if and/or when the individual:

  • is a child who is younger than two years of age;
  • is attending a school or private school within the meaning of the Education Act that is operated in accordance with a return to school direction issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • is attending a child care program at a place that is in compliance with the child care reopening guidance issued by the Ministry of Education;
  • is attending a day camp or overnight camp for children that is in compliance with section 19 of Schedule 2;
  •  is receiving residential services and supports in a residence listed in the definition of “residential services and supports” in subsection 4 (2) of the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008;
  • is in a correctional institution or in a custody and detention program for young persons in conflict with the law;
  • is performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance;
  • has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  • is unable to put on or remove their mask or face covering without the assistance of another person;
  • needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering while in the indoor area,
    • (i)  to receive services that require the removal of their mask or face covering,
    • (ii)  to engage in an athletic or fitness activity,
    • (iii)  to consume food or drink, or
    • (iv)  as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety;
  • is being accommodated in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005;
  • is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code; or
  • performs work for the business or organization, is in an area that is not accessible to members of the public and is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person while in the indoor area.

For more details, visit Ontario Regulation 364/20 or Ontario Newsroom

Safe Use of Face Masks or Coverings

Public Safe Use of Gloves

Disposable gloves have not been proven to protect the person wearing them from COVID-19 and may still lead to the spread of germs. Wearing gloves is not a substitute for proper hand washing.

Learn more about the risks, when to use disposable gloves, and how to safely use them.