Despite the wonderful weather, COVID-19 still pervades our community, including through asymptomatic carriers. 

What you should do if there is a case of COVID-19 in your workplace: 


  • Anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 must NOT go to work and should self-isolate at home. If contact with a positive case is confirmed, further directions will be provided by the Health Unit

  • Physical distancing rules at work mean employees should not be in close contact with each other. If, however, an employee is identified as being a close contact of a co-worker who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, the person should immediately take Ontario’s online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see what further care is needed or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 The employee may also be contacted by the Health Unit with further directions on what to do, including self-isolating or self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Employers are strongly urged to support the COVID-19 instructions your employees have received from any health care provider. This protects the health of your workers and customers

  • Encourage everyone at work to continue following physical distancing rules (staying 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others) and regularly wash hands with soap and water

  • Continue to frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched or shared surfaces at work, including tools, equipment and workstations.


  • Follow direction from the Health Unit about any extra precautions that are needed to reduce the risk of illness. These directives can include: getting employees/staff who were in close contact with the customer/client to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, increasing cleaning and disinfecting at your workplace, and other measures

  • Continue to keep employees and customers safe:

    • Follow provincial rules that specify how your business/workplace can operate (for example, only offer curbside pickup, limit number of people in store, etc.).

    • Ensure a 2-metre (6-foot) distance is kept between people.

    • Reduce overcrowding.

    • Increase your online or phone services

    • Offer curb-side delivery

    • Make hand sanitizer available for customers at entry and exit points.


Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit


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