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EOHU Reminds Public about Physical Distancing During Easter Weekend

2020-04-09

In light of the Easter long weekend ahead, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding residents about the importance of maintaining physical distancing measures throughout the holiday period.

“Most residents of Eastern Ontario are doing their part and maintaining physical distancing measures, but we need to continue to take the need for these public health measures seriously” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “Now is a crucial time for us as a community to come together and flatten the curve of infections this pandemic is causing. Collectively, we can help to reduce the spread in our community.”

The EOHU is asking residents to maintain physical distancing measures throughout the long weekend and avoid getting together with family and friends to celebrate Easter or Passover.

“I know how hard it is to spend the Easter holidays away from our loved ones,” says Dr. Roumeliotis, “but it is imperative that we continue to maintain physical distancing this long weekend in order to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases.”

This means the public must continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid all non-essential outings.

EOHU Providing Local Status Updates on Website

The health unit is updating its website every day by 4:00 PM with the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area. The update is presented using two graphs. The first one shows the number of confirmed cases per day, based on the onset of symptoms. The second chart displays the cumulative total number of confirmed cases. There are also plans to add more information, including the number of cases in self-isolation, in hospital and that have been resolved, as well as the age and gender profiles of the cases.

“I want our community to know that there are COVID-19 cases across all of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell and the City of Cornwall. So, the virus is present throughout the region,” says Dr. Roumeliotis. “I can’t stress how important it is for everyone across our region to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. We can minimize the effects of this pandemic through our collective efforts.”

Reminder to Take Precautionary Measures

In order to protect the general public and the most vulnerable from COVID-19, the EOHU is reminding you to adopt the following infection prevention measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • Stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from others
  • Stay home as much as possible

For more information about COVID-19, please consult EOHU.ca/coronavirus and Ontario’s website at Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario