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Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

HPEPH is available to connect all health care providers with the information they need to prevent and control infections.

IPAC Guidelines and Resources

Although physicians and dentists are self-regulated and held accountable by their respective colleges, the Ministry of Health’s Ontario Public Health Standard, Infection Prevention and Control Complaints Protocol requires Public Health to make unannounced inspections if there is a public complaint or an epidemiologically identified lapse. However, we want to work with you before that happens – we want to be your partner in keeping our community safe. Should you have any concerns about whether your practice is meeting IPAC guidelines, please review:

Dental Professionals


Institutional Settings

In accordance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards, Public Health inspectors and nurses work closely with long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other institutional settings to prevent or reduce the burden of infectious diseases of public health importance. For more information, review Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Long-Term Care, Home and Community Care including Health Care Offices and Ambulatory Clinics, or visit our Outbreak Management page.

Need More information?

All health care providers are invited to contact HPEPH directly at 613-966-5500 x 349 at any time for consultation or further guidance. We want to work with you to ensure that the IPAC guidelines are put in practice to protect clients, patients, and health care workers from preventable infections. You may also wish to pursue online educational opportunities offered through Public Health Ontario:

IPAC Lapse Disclosures

The Ministry of Health has directed all Public Health units to publicly disclose more detailed information on non-routine infection prevention and control (IPAC) lapse investigations where they are identified. An IPAC lapse is a departure from infection prevention and control standards. The result could be infectious disease transmission to patients or staff through exposure to blood or body fluids.  An example would be medical equipment that is improperly cleaned and can spread infection from one patient to another. HPEPH encourages health care providers to review the IPAC best practices and resources listed on this page to reduce the risk of an IPAC lapse. Local IPAC lapses are posted on our Notices page. For additional information:

Mandatory Blood Testing

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is required to follow the Mandatory Blood Testing Act (2006) of Ontario.

The Act permits anyone that may have come into contact with blood or body fluids of another person, as a result of being a victim of crime, an emergency service worker, or Good Samaritan (emergency first aid provider), to have the blood of the other person tested. The sample is tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. For more information, please review our Mandatory Blood Testing page.

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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.


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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.