COVID-19 – Prevention
Last Reviewed/Updated: 9:36 a.m., June 18, 2021
Peterborough Public Health’s Current Restrictions
Reduce your Risk
Going Out Safely During COVID-19 – Government of Canada
Travel Within Canada
Get the COVID-19 Alert App
Who Should Continue to Self-Isolate?
Home Ventilation and Air Filtration
COVID-19 Resources: American Sign Language
Multilingual COVID-19 Resources – Government of Canada
In general, to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission it is best to use a layered approach with multiple public health measures. Actions you can take to stay safe include:
- Get the vaccine.
- Stay home when sick, even with mild symptoms. Use Ontario’s Online COVID-19 Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further care.
- Stay home and avoid non-essential travel
- Limit the number and duration of contacts with individuals outside of your household.
- Practice physical distancing with individuals outside of your household.
- Wear a mask or face covering that is tightly fitted and covers your mouth, nose and chin where physical distancing is a challenge and where masks and face coverings are mandated to be worn.
- Ensure ventilation systems are well maintained and optimized with the support of professionals.
- Use outdoor environments whenever possible.
- Practice hand hygiene.
- Practice respiratory etiquette including covering coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly, use a disinfectant that is approved by Health Canada and has a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or a Natural Product Number (NPN). Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions when using disinfectants. Health Canada maintains a list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19.
These above public health measures are effective at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission whether it be droplets or aerosols. Layering these measures consistently is the most effective way of reducing disease spread.
Everyone is encouraged to limit all non-essential travel and stay home. This reduces your chances of getting exposed to COVID-19, and also decreases the chance of you spreading the virus to others, especially to at-risk groups. Make sure to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving and stay home and get tested if you have even one symptom.
Travel between regions will greatly increase the potential for spikes in community spread and undo all the progress we have made. This is especially crucial now that COVID-19 variants of concern are circulating in Ontario.
All non-essential travel outside of Canada is strongly discouraged. To learn more about travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, click here.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community, everyone in Ontario is required to maintain two metres distance from anyone who is not a household contact or caregiver. This is regulation took effect on February 16, 2021 as part of the Reopening Ontario Act (O.364/20).
In Ontario, everyone is required to wear a mask in the indoor areas of all public spaces, with limited exemptions. Wearing a mask outdoors is strongly recommended. For those who cannot wear a mask, Peterborough Public Health advises that these individuals stay home and make arrangements to have essentials delivered to them due to the heightened risk of the spread of COVID-19 variants of concern. To learn more about masks/face coverings click here.
Keep Your Hands Clean:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty.
- Cough into your sleeve or elbow, or sneeze into a tissue, and encourage others to do the same.
- Wash your hands after handling nose and throat secretions (e.g. after throwing out used facial tissues).
- Avoid touching your face and clean hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
- Sanitize or wash your hands when entering and exiting buildings.
- Use tap to pay rather than handling money.
- Medical gloves, winter gloves or mittens are not a substitute for hand washing. Here is a good video that you can watch that explains why: cbc.ca/player/play/1714516547582
If you must travel for essential reasons outside of your home province, please review travel regulations for the province you are planning to visit. Also review your home Province’s guidelines before returning. Individuals and families who consider travelling to another province for essential reasons should:
- consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes COVID-19 transmission in the other province, entry requirements (for example, quarantine) of some other provinces
- self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19covid 19
- follow general public health advice, rules and regulations of Ontario and the other province
We strongly encourage all residents to download the COVID-19 Alert App. It has already notified several local residents that they could be a close contact of a positive case. Your privacy is protected, while supporting faster contact tracing in our community. For more information, and to download the app, click here.
- Self-isolation is mandatory if you:
- Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results
- Have tested positive for COVID-19
- Have been notified by Public Health of being a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Self-Isolation (PPH webpage)
- How to Self Isolate for Returning Travelers
- How to Self-Isolate – Public Health Ontario
- Self-Isolation Guide for Close Contacts – Public Health Ontario
- How to Self-Isolate at Home When You May Have Been Exposed And Have No Symptoms – Public Health Agency of Canada
- How to Self-Monitor – Public Health Ontario
Thanks to our friends over in Ottawa, we are happy to present COVID-19 information for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Peterborough. Click on the topic you are interested in below to be directed to a video in ASL.