Ottawa Public Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario, local hospitals, and other stakeholder organizations are the main organisms tasked with handling COVID-19.
I encourage you to refer to OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus
for factual, up-to-date information. Other sources of reliable information include:
Ottawa Public Health
Ontario Ministry of Health
Health Canada / Public Health Agency of Canada
Mental Health Resources
If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency call 911
It is also important for residents to understand that coronavirus is spread through droplets, which travel a limited distance before falling. Residents can minimize their risks by:
- Washing their hands often with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Avoiding hand-to-face contact – particularly their eyes, nose, and mouth – unless they have just washed their hands;
Covering their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their arm, not their hands;
- Staying home if they are ill; and
- Maintaining a distance of about 2 metres or more, particularly if they encounter someone who is ill or who appears to be ill.
I know this is a difficult time for many; I want you to know that you are not alone. While we all have been encouraged to maintain social distancing, we can make an effort to reach out and check on one-another regularly. Pick up the phone, have a group video-chat or say hello from afar. As a community, we will get through this together.