Based on an increasing number of
COVID-19 cases across the EOHU region, as well as projections shared by the
Government of Ontario on April 3rd that show public health measures
are working to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the province, the Eastern
Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has issued two new Orders to further reduce the
number of infections and deaths caused by the virus.
The Orders, which come into
effect at 11:59 P.M. on April 3rd, are part of the health unit’s continuing
effort to limit the number of cases of COVID-19 and save as many lives as
possible across the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the
United Counties of Prescott and Russell, and the City of Cornwall.
The first Order, pursuant to
section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), requires that individuals
experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as well as their close
contacts, isolate themselves from other people until they are no longer
infectious or potentially infectious.
“I have issued this Order today
as the next two weeks are a crucial time for us as a community to come together
and collectively flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections,” says Dr. Paul
Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “these
reinforced isolation measures will reduce the risk of individuals infected with
COVID-19 spreading the virus to others.”
Order relating to mandatory isolation of certain individuals
This order makes isolation
mandatory for the following individuals residing or present in the EOHU area
(some exceptions may apply):
- Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Anyone who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and
has been tested for COVID-19 but is awaiting results of that test
- Anyone who has reasonable grounds to believe
they have symptoms of COVID-19
- Anyone who is a close contact of a person
identified in a, b or c above
These individuals are required
to isolate themselves for 14 days in accordance with the Eastern Ontario Health
They must also keep away from vulnerable persons, and conduct themselves in a
way that does not expose another person to infection or potential infection
from COVID-19, by following infection
control instructions. Full details of the Order are available at www.EOHU.ca.
New Measures for
Owners/Operators of Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores and Pharmacies
Dr. Roumeliotis also issued a
new Order with guidelines regarding what owners/operators of grocery stores, convenience
stores and pharmacies can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. “Ensuring that
grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies follow infection prevention
measures will further prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19,” says Dr.
The new Order issues additional
measures regarding in-store crowd control, hygiene, the screening and training
of employees, as well as measures regarding in-store signage about physical
distancing and preventing hoarding amongst customers.
For more information about the
Orders issued by Dr. Roumeliotis, please consult the official
documents on the EOHU’s website.
For more information about
COVID-19, please consult EOHU.ca/coronavirus
and Ontario’s website at Ontario.ca/coronavirus.