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Last Updated: Friday January 15, 2020  2:00 pm


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Paula Stewart MD, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
458 Laurier Blvd. Brockville, ON K6V 7A3
Tel:  613-345-5685
Email: Paula.Stewart@healthunit.org
Fax: 613-498-1096

COVID-19 Vaccine

MEDIA RELEASE:

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

January 15, 2021

First COVID-19 Vaccination in LGL

The shipment of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to Kingston Health Science Centre (KHSC) this week marks the beginning of Phase 1 of the provincial vaccine rollout in the South East region, including Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. The province initially provided COVID-19 vaccine to areas with the highest rates of COVID-19 infection. It is important to note that some areas in Ontario started receiving vaccine before the South East region. These areas are further along in their vaccine distribution. Our region will catch up as vaccine becomes more available.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is working closely with Kingston Health Science Centre and other neighbouring health units to ensure efficient distribution of vaccine to staff, residents and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, as well as in higher-risk retirement homes. The first long-term care workers from the LGL region to receive the COVID-19 vaccine were immunized yesterday at Kingston Health Science Centre. The health care workers were excited and grateful to be getting the vaccine to help protect themselves and the residents in their care.

The provincial government has set a target of vaccinating 100% of willing staff, residents, and essential caregivers in long-term care homes and higher-risk retirement homes by February 15, 2021. By immunizing and protecting people in these priority groups and those who provide care for them, we will decrease the risk of COVID-19, and outbreaks, among those who are at greatest risk of serious COVID-19 infection.

The Health Unit will also begin the roll out of mobile clinics to local long-term care homes and higher risk retirement homes over the next week. These mobile clinics will be delivered in partnership with our homes, Emergency Medical Services and healthcare partners who have offered to support COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

“I am very pleased to see the first COVID-19 immunizations happen in LGL, and am proud of all of the hard work to get to this point,” states Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. “This is an important milestone in protecting a vulnerable population in our community.’

We know many people are eagerly anticipating their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The Health Unit’s local COVID-19 Vaccination distribution plan aligns with the provincial COVID-19 vaccination program. Planning for began last spring when we reviewed and updated our community immunization plan. Since then we have added to the plan new information about the administration and storage of the approved COVID-19 vaccines, the priority groups set by the province, options for proving the vaccine to individuals and groups with our partners, and what vaccines might come to us and when. Our experienced staff has contributed to all aspects of this plan, and we are actively working with our health care partners on its implementation. The availability of the vaccine is the key factor influencing the roll out of the plan. Details will be posted on our website as they are available.

Until the majority of individuals in our population have been immunized, we all must continue to do everything we can to protect one another from the spread of illness by being COVID-19 SMART. The continued efforts of individuals and families will help keep the number of positive cases low in our area and help our community stay safe until vaccines are available to all. The people who are immunized must also follow all these precautions as we don’t know yet if the vaccine prevents the virus form being transmitted, in addition to preventing symptoms.

Public messages will be shared on our website and social media, as well as through local media channels when we know more about the next steps. The Health Unit regularly sends information directly to health care providers and they will also be updated through this approach. If a physician is not on our list, they can contact us to receive these updates. For more detailed information and FAQs about the vaccine visit the COVID-19 Protection and Vaccine section of our website.


 


Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two

Province to Expand COVID-19 Immunization Program to Seniors, Frontline Essential Workers in Next Phase of Rollout Plan

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - January 13, 2021 Media Release 

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - January 8, 2021 Media Release

Office of the Premier
http://www.ontario.ca/premier

Important Messages and Resources from the Health Unit



COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a respiratory virus with symptoms ranging from mild cold-like symptoms to severe illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. There are confirmed cases in Canada, including Ontario. The City is working closely with the lead agency 
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and other community partners to monitor the global situation and respond accordingly.
The Health Unit has put up a new communication strengthening their social distancing directives and putting national/provincial guidelines in a local context. Please follow these important guidelines.

Provincewide Shutdown - In Effect

Restrictions will be in effect for all of Ontario.

Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.

  • Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings - curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.

  • Restricting indoor access to shopping malls - patrons may only go to a designated indoor pickup area (by appointment only), essential retail stores that are permitted to be open (e.g. pharmacy, grocery store), or, subject to physical distancing and face covering requirements, to the food court for takeout purchases. Shopping malls may also establish outdoor designated pickup areas.

  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are advised to stay home as much as possible with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

The COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused while the Provincewide Shutdown is in effect.

  • S - Self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Consider getting tested
  • M - Mask/face covering on properly when in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge outdoors.
  • A - Avoid touching your face.
  • R - Remain 2 metres/6 feet apart from people not part of your household – avoid play dates, and other close social contact. Social circles beyond the household are no long encouraged.
  • T - Twenty (20) seconds for regular hand hygiene. Cover your coughs and sneezes.

For more information about COVID-19, visit: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/business-re-opening/framework/  or call 1-800-660-5853.


Assessment Centre

Since March 27, 2020, Brockville and Leeds Grenville residents have had access to a community-based novel coronavirus (COVID-19) assessment centre. The assessment centre is located at the Memorial Centre, at 100 Magedoma Boulevard, Brockville. Individuals are encouraged to complete the online COVID-19 assessment tool before attending the walk-in Brockville Assessment Centre 7 days a week to be assessed for testing. If getting to the centre is an issue, call the Health Unit and discuss your transportation needs.

On Monday November 9, 2020, the Brockville Assessment Centre launched their new online appointment booking system. Hours for appointments will remain the same (Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm and Weekends 10am -2:30pm).  This new online booking system will help increase efficiency and decrease wait times to reduce the need for people to wait in their cars during the winter months.

The link to the new booking system is now available. If you don’t have access to the internet or are having difficulty, contact: 613-704-1441

Those booking appointments will still have to follow the eligibility criteria:

  1. All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19 provided that symptom is not from an existing condition (i.e., allergies). Please see the list of symptoms on the assessment tool.
  2. People who have been informed that they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19. You will be alerted that you are a close contact by Public Health or through the COVID Alert App.
  3. Those following Public Health, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long Term Care guidance for targeted testing.  This includes people in high-risk settings such as workers, residents and visitors to Long Term Care homes, homeless shelters or other vulnerable congregate living settings.

Other Assessment Centres in the LGL area will continue to use the same systems as before: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/assessment-testing-results/

If you need transportation or have mobility issues, call the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853 x 2499. In home testing can be arranged in partnership with our local EMS. Click here for more information and local assessment centre hours.


Use of Masks

As of July 7, 2020 Face Coverings/Masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces, as requied by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. Businesses and organizations are required to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces/settings that are openly accessible to the public. Click here to read the press release and access additional FAQs about the mask mandate, including where to obtain a cloth mask in Leeds & Grenville. Exemptions from this mandate exist - please read the press release for more information.

This Instruction will continue as long as the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 is in effect.

Additionally, if you are visiting a Retirement Home or Long Term Care Home, there is specific provincial guidance on visitor protocols. Please review the guidance by clicking here, and if you have questions or concerns, please contact our local Health Unit at 613-345-5685.

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Poster on how to wear a face mask correctly


Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports:

Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

Enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool

Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


Your Health

The City of Brockville has established plans and processes to monitor and address the COVID-19/Coronavirus. The City is taking proactive measures to limit the spread of the virus and to protect our residents, businesses, visitors and staff.

The City is requesting the public’s assistance in reducing the spread of the virus, as follows:

  • Please cancel public gatherings until further notice

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap

  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands

  • If possible, stay home from work/school if sick (as always, if any concerns, seek medical attention)

  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres

    • Additionally, if you are visiting a Retirement Home or Long Term Care Home, there is specific provincial guidance on visitor protocols. Please review the guidance by clicking here, and if you have questions or concerns, please contact our local Health Unit at 613-345-5685.

  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels

  • Maintain a 2 metre distance from anyone outside of your household

  • Wear a cloth face covering when going into an enclosed public space, as well as anywhere where maintaining physical distancing will be a challenge, and when riding public transit.

If you suspect you may have novel coronavirus, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Please DO NOT present directly to the emergency department, as most people can self-care at home and do not need medical attention. This will help protect resources and other more vulnerable patients who do need emergency care. Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19.

Your Mental Health

An abundance of coping strategies for individuals, employers, etc. 

BGH’s mental health crisis telephone line continues to be available during this time. If you have concerns about a loved one’s mental status and you think they may need immediate police or medical assistance, please call 613-345-4600 or 1-866-281-2911. The phone line is available 24/7. You can also call the LLGAMH rapid access line at 613-342-2262.

In addition to these local services, the Ontario Ministry of Health is increasing its online and virtual mental health supports during COVID-19. The government has partnered with programs such as Kids Help Phone and Bounce Back to create the new virtual support. Watch for more details coming shortly or visit www.connectontario.ca

www.ementalhealth.ca 

www.mentalhealthcommission.ca 

Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Mental Heath  Mental Health Tips


KIDS Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868  Children's Mental Health www.cmhlg.ca


City Services 

The City is appreciative of all of the front-line staff, first responders and health care professionals who continue to show dedication in our community. We will continue to update these COVID-19 pages as information becomes available.

Customer Services - Water & Tax Bills, Parking Passes and Tickets, Dog Tags, Garbage Tags

Business Resources - Funding and Services for Businesses and Reopening Safely Guidelines for Business 

Emergency Services - Police and Fire 

Engineering & Infrastructure Services - Water, Wastewater, Garbage Collection

Essential Services - What's Open, What's Closed,Meetings, Schedules, Hours

Help within the Community - Needing it or Providing It

News Releases and Mayoral Messages

Please click here to access relevant staff in our City Departments: https://brockville.com/departments


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