We’re asking the public to assist us in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
Follow Ottawa Public Health (OPH) for the latest updates and recommendations on COVID-19.
The OPH site is updated regularly and provides the public with vital information to protect your health and the health of others. This includes resources such as phone numbers and information on testing and evaluation sites; important answers to common questions; resources on how to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow OPH’s basic hygiene and handwashing recommendations:
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (Ottawa Public Health Handwashing Poster)
Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue. Wash your hands immediately afterwards and throw the tissue in the garbage.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your recent travel history with your healthcare provider.
Stay home if you can
If possible work from home.
Follow OPH recommendations if you exhibit symptoms, have recently travelled, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Consider supporting charities that are responding to COVID-19
Canada Helps has a list of charities that are supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Canadian charities are responding at home and around the world to help stop the spread of the disease and support communities affected. Charities are working with local governments, WHO, and other agencies to contain the disease and stop the spread.”
Canadahelps has a list of Canadian charities who are providing aid and medical supplies to areas affected, and supporting response efforts in Canada and abroad.