Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) urges everyone in our area returning from travel outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolation is also recommended for those who are over 70 years old or anyone who is immunocompromised, to reduce their risk of infection and possible complications. These recommendations have been made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.
Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with others, even if you are feeling well and have no symptoms. It helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
How to self-isolate:
- Stay home.
- Do not go to work, school, or other public places.
- Monitor your health for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
- Wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not use public transportation, taxis, or rideshares.
- Ask for help from friends, family, or neighbours with needed errands like going to the grocery store.
- Seek services over the phone or internet, when possible.
- Avoid contact with older individuals or those with chronic illnesses like heart disease, respiratory disease such as COPD and asthma, or diabetes.
- Visit www.nwhu.on.ca for more information
If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing while you are self-isolating:
- Continue to self-isolate.
- Call the NWHU COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-468-2240.
- In a medical emergency, call 911 and explain that you are in self-isolation so health care workers can take precautions.
While you might not feel sick, it is important to follow these measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable. We are all in this together.
Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.