Please look out for your neighbours at this time, especially anyone living alone! If you are unable to help a neighbour who needs extra support, please contact RPRA at firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Please be careful and vigilant about social distancing. For those who have been travelling, we thank you for staying at home for 14 days and not leaving for shopping or visits. If you need help, email email@example.com or see the other coronavirus news item on this website Resources to help us through COVID-19.
All City of Ottawa facilities (including libraries, arenas, pools) are closed. All national museums are closed, until further notice.
The Rockcliffe Park Library is closed and all programmes are cancelled, including March 17 Irish Legends Storytelling, March 24 The Voyage of the Dal, and March 31 Armchair Travel: Polar Bears. MacKay Brainery events for the months of March and April are postponed.
City recreation programmes at the Rockcliffe Park Community Centre are cancelled until further notice.
Here is a recommended YouTube video that show how you can safely bring in groceries and supplies to your home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjDuwc9KBps
Public Health information:
The city’s COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre is at Brewer Park Arena. The adjacent building, formerly home to the Westboro Academy, is also part of the Community Assessment Centre. Signage directs people to the appropriate place upon entering Brewer Park from Bronson Ave.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please visit the hospital emergency. Ottawa Public Health will continue to oversee the city’s overall response to COVID-19.
Important links about COVID-19
The city has set up a website specifically about coronavirus/COVID-19 to provide accurate, up-to-date information: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus.
Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Ottawa, has provided a useful video for residents about COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R8eFiXq3aE.
Ontario Ministry of Health
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ONThealth
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ONThealth/
- Web: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
The Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages. Visit this link to find information in your preferred language!
Health Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/GovCanHealth
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyCdns/
- Web: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Ottawa Public Health
has issued a Letter to Community Associations / Letter to Community Associations_fr covering Social Distancing, Self-Isolation and assistance available through the City’s Human Needs Taskforce, detailed in this fact sheet – EMERG_2020-COVID19_FactSheet_HumanNeedsTaskForce_8.5×11
What to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19
COVID-19 can cause very mild to severe illness consisting of fever, and/or cough, other upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath).
If your symptoms are MILD:
- Stay home, self-isolate and contact your manager
- Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or your health care provider
- Call your health care provider or a walk-in clinic prior to visiting them in person
If your symptoms are SEVERE:
- Contact your health care provider first (if available)
- If you cannot reach your health care provider, go to the hospital emergency department and pay attention to special signage
If you have any further questions about COVID-19, talk with your health care provider or call 613-580-6744 to speak to a public health nurse.
Help slow the spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus is spread through droplets, which travel a limited distance before falling to the ground. You can minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Avoiding hand-to-face contact, particularly their eyes, nose, and mouth, unless you have just washed their hands.
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hands.
- Staying home if you are ill.
- Maintaining a distance of about two meters or more if you encounter someone who is ill or who appears to be ill.
It is important to note that the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly. If you have travelled outside Canada, specific information on Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 page should be followed upon your return to protect you, your family and our community. The federal government advises against all non-essential travel. Upon returning, check the latest guidance for those who have travelled outside Canada.