Important Source of Reliable Information for Corona Virus: Public Health Ottawa, Ontario and Canada


 Important Source of Reliable Information for Corna Virus

Ottawa Public Health  

Ontario Ministry of Health

Health Canada / Public Health Agency of Canada  

Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Ottawa, has provided a useful video for residents about COVID-19, I encourage you to share this with your neighbours:

Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions I’ve been receiving:

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 you can talk with your health care provider or call 613-580-6744 to speak to an Ottawa public health nurse

How can I help slow the spread of COVID-19? 

It is important to remember that 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 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 appear