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Backyard Pool Safety Situational Assessment

In Canada, drowning is the second leading cause of death amongst children 14 years of age and under. For children under 5 years of age, private backyard pools present the greatest danger, and account for 49% of water-related deaths in this age group.

The Backyard Pool Safety Situational Assessment included key informant interviews with municipal Chief Building Officers and managers/owners of local pool retailers, and an online survey to engage residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The goal of this report is to help policy makers make an informed decision on how to prevent drowning in backyard pools.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.