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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As in all health/medical matters, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board takes its direction from the City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services (PHS).

PHS has been taking steps to protect the health and safety of our community by working with health system partners and the Ministry of Health to ensure that the city is prepared to respond to the situation as it evolves.

There are no cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton and the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus remains low. This is based on current assessments by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

How Hamilton is prepared

As part of the city’s emergency preparedness planning, PHS is working together with Hamilton Paramedic Services, hospitals, primary care providers, Ontario Ministry of Health colleagues, and academic institutions. This includes implementing a plan to monitor, detect, and if needed, contain and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

PHS has partially activated its Incident Management System which is used to focus attention and resources on urgent issues. This involves the activation of key roles needed to support the current situation as it relates to COVID-19 preparedness.

How to protect yourself

To help prevent the spread of all types of respiratory illnesses, including influenza, PHS recommends:

• wash your hands often with soap and water;
• avoid close contact with people who are sick;
• cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm;
• avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth to prevent illness;
• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and,
• get the flu shot, if you haven’t already done so.

Travellers returning from affected areas

Travellers who have returned from Hubei province, including Wuhan City, should:

• contact the Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) Infectious Diseases team at 905-546-2063 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada
• stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date you left Hubei province
• contact the PHS Infectious Diseases team at 905-546-2063 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 if you experience symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Travellers who have returned from areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19 should:
• monitor yourself for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after leaving the affected area
• contact the PHS Infectious Diseases team at 905-546-2063 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 if you experience symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Choose solidarity

The City of Hamilton values equity and inclusion and works to ensure Hamilton is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are accepted and celebrated. Although the COVID-19 outbreak originated in China, this virus is not racially oriented - it is geographically oriented. This means that it does not discriminate among people who can be affected. Unfortunately, during the novel coronavirus outbreak, persons of Chinese heritage (and other Asian countries) have voiced concerns about the potential for discrimination. During times like this, people need to support each other and speak out against any instances of discrimination.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)