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Notice: Public Health Heat Warning

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / July 17, 2020 – Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is issuing a heat warning to advise residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties of the hot and humid weather Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. All residents are advised that extremely hot weather can lead to heat related illnesses.

Watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion, which include skin rash, muscle cramps, swelling of hands, feet and ankles, heavy sweating, dizziness, headache or fainting, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these symptoms during a heat event, immediately move to a cool place and drink non-alcoholic, decaffeinated liquids.  Water is the best liquid to drink.  During hot weather, make efforts to check in with neighbours, friends, and older family members frequently, especially those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated. Please remember to practise physical distancing when visiting individuals outside of your household or social circle.

For additional information about extreme heat, review the Fact Sheet below, or visit the Government of Canada’s Extreme Heat webpage. For information on the status of the current heat warning please visit www.weather.gc.ca.

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Media Contact:
Veronica Montgomery, Foundational Standards Manager
vmontgomery@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.

Heat Warnings – Fact Sheet

Environment and Climate Change Canada has developed a Heat Warning and Information System for Ontario to give advance warning of heat events.  A heat warning is issued in southern Ontario when there will be 2 consecutive days of:

  • 31°C or higher during the day AND 20°C or higher at night

OR

  • Humidex* values of 40°C or higher

(*Humidex describes how hot and humid it feels to the average person.)

Heat events put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, but health risks are greatest for:

  • older adults;
  • infants and young children;
  • people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties or heart conditions;
  • people who work or exercise in the heat;
  • homeless people; and
  • people without access to air conditioning.

Heat illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated.  Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recommends taking the following actions:

  • stay well hydrated, drink before feeling thirsty (plain water is best);
  • stay in an air-conditioned place (home, cooling centres);
  • avoid sun exposure (stay in the shade, wear SPF30+ sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, UVA & UVB protective sunglasses, and loose-fitting long shirts and pants);
  • take cool showers or baths and close awnings, curtains or blinds during the day;
  • reschedule strenuous outdoor activities or plan them for cooler times of the day; and
  • never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or direct sunlight.

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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.