Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / June 5, 2020 – 4:45pm
Systemic racism influences the lives of Canadians every day. Recent events have highlighted the tragedy of racial violence throughout the world. Unfortunately, the consequences of racism have been substantial long before now. The health impacts of racism can occur immediately through racial violence, but also through higher rates of chronic illness and poorer health outcomes. The spread of COVID-19 has further demonstrated the health disparities associated with social, economic, and demographic variations. For example, due to the forces of systemic racism, Black Canadians are more likely to work in low-paying jobs without the opportunity to work from home during the pandemic.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is committed to health equity. This commitment includes working to ensure all people can reach their full health potential without disadvantage due to race. We are implementing our strategic priorities, including our core values of respect and advocacy, to address health equity. We will reflect on how we can improve our work for Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our communities and recognize the significant effects of racism on health.
For those who choose to participate in Anti-Racism rallies, consider the following guidance to minimize risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are ill or have recently travelled, stay home. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. Visit our website hpePublicHealth.ca or contact HPEPH at 613-966-5500.
If you are at risk due to an underlying medical condition or age, stay home and consider alternate ways to demonstrate support.
The following are strategies to reduce your risk of COVID-19 while participating in a protest. Note that restrictions continue for social gatherings of more than five people due to the provincial emergency orders.
- Maintain physical distance of 2 meters
- Use a non-medical face covering, as physical distancing may be difficult
- Bring hand sanitizer and wash or sanitize your hands often
- Do not touch your face
- Avoid socializing before or after
- Use signs and avoid shouting or yelling to limit droplet spread
- Avoid going indoors where the air cannot be ventilated, you are much safer outside
- Self-monitor for symptoms for two weeks afterwards and if you develop even one symptom, self-isolate and get tested
For more information please go to hpePublicHealth.ca.
Veronica Montgomery, Foundational Standards Manager
About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.