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Infection Prevention and Control

Children in child care centres are more prone to infections due to exposure to a greater number of germs. To help prevent the spread of respiratory infections and contagious diseases in child care centres:

  1. Ensure children in your facility are immunized.
  2. Encourage parents to keep sick children home until they are well enough to participate in all activities.
  3. Teach children good personal hygiene, including hand washing, not sharing personal items, cutlery or drink cups/bottles, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or their elbow.
  4. Ensure surfaces in your facility are cleaned and disinfected properly.
  5. Report any suspected or confirmed communicable diseases or outbreaks within your facility to the Public Health Communicable Disease Intake Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

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Need More Information About Infection Prevention and Control?

Call the Communicable Disease Intake Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

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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.