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HPEPH rescinds Letter of Instruction, Class Orders as province enters next phase of reopening

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/March 1, 2022

Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Medical Officer of Health at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has rescinded a Letter of Instruction and two Class Orders as the province enters the next phase of reopening.

The Letter of Instruction pursuant to Section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step is rescinded as of March 1, 2022. The Letter of Instruction was issued October 4, 2021 requiring proof of vaccination for volunteers, coaches and officials participating or associated with indoor organized sports.

The Class Order issued on November 12, 2021, pursuant to Section 22 (5.0.1) of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 is rescinded as of March 1, 2022. This Class Order pertained to self-isolation requirements for everyone residing or present in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

The Class Order issued on December 10, pursuant to Section 22 (5.0.1) of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 is rescinded as of March 1, 2022. The Class Order instructed employers in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to take steps to prevent COVID-19.

While we continue to see positive trends locally and provincially, this is not the time to let your guard down or become complacent:

“We have come so far, and as we provide increasing immunity to our community through immunization, we must all continue to follow public health measures. Please get your booster dose when eligible to keep our community safe,” said Dr. Toumishey.

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Media contacts

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

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 and Instagram.

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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.