Monday January 25, 2021
Important Messages and Resources from the Health Unit
Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. Find more details here.
Ontario is still in a Provincewide Shutdown, which includes the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Area. Check our website for more information on how the Provincewide Shutdown affects the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark area.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 (including Vaccine)
Information on the virus itself as well as prevention and protection measures and information about the vaccines are available in the Protection from COVID-19 section of our website. Check here for information about dates when the vaccine is coming to Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area.
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
Details about local COVID-19 cases are published on this site at 10:00am Monday to Friday. Check here to read more about Surveillance Reports and Local Cases.
Take the Self-Assessment to see if testing is advised. There are Assessment Centres in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville 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.
There is a new public health tool in place for protecting the community from COVID-19 infection. Starting October 21, 2020 at 3:00pm, if people who have COVID-19 or are close contacts do not follow public health guidance for self-isolation, then they can be fined under a Medical Officer of Health Section 22 Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. See media release for more information.
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.
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
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.
If you or someone you know is need of financial or social support – visit the website for your area for a full listing of resources: Provincial COVID-19 Support for People and COVID-19 Emergency Benefits – Government of Canada
The Ontario Ministry of Health has a comprehensive website with directives and announcements. Ontario Ministry of Health website – available in multiple languages
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
KIDS Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868
Children's Mental Health www.cmhlg.ca
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.
Please click here to access relevant staff in our City Departments: https://brockville.com/departments