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Renfrew County District Health Unit - Information

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Link to Renfrew County District Health Unit website and Facebook page

Vaccine News Brief issued by the RCDHU - Volume 1 dated February 19, 2021
RCDHU Vaccine Distribution and Summary Administration Plan - dated February 12, 2021

Feb 22, 2021 The RCDHU has issued a media release about Government Changes to the COVID-19 Child Care Screening Tool.

Feb 8, 2021 The RCDHU has issued a media release about the Provincial Stay at Home Order over in Renfrew County and District end of day February 9, 2021

Jan 21, 2021 The RCDHU has issued a media release on the State of Covid-19 in Renfrew County and District.

Dec 21, 2020 The RCDHU has issued a media release on the Provincewide Shutdown.

Dec 11, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release, COVID-19 Travel Advisory and Safe Holiday Guidance

In addition to the media release the following additional materials are provided:
RCDHU Holiday Safety Guidance
RCDHU Holiday Gathering Recommendations
RCDHU Safer vs. Riskier Holiday Activities
RCDHU At Home Holiday Activity Ideas

Oct 30, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release that envokes Section 22 Order for Self-Isolation in Effect October 30

Oct 22, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release about the RCDHU 2020/2021 Flu Campaign

Oct 14, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release on the Workplace Safety during Wave II of COVID-19.

• The key to workplace safety is understanding that the biggest risk is from staff.
• Limit interaction with colleagues while on the job and during breaks.
• Reinforce staff self-assessment requirements – if you are sick – stay home. Managers/supervisors should support employees who are instructed by the self-assessment tool to stay at home and self-isolate.
• Managers and supervisors should reinforce etiquette and protocols (COVID SOP’s) with staff to safeguard against lapses due to COVID fatigue.

Oct 2, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release on the Ontario Government Introduced Additional Public Health Measures.

  • Mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services;
  • Extending the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities, and organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open under O. Reg 364/20; and
  • Pausing social circles/bubbles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

Oct 2, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release regarding an update on COVID-19 School and Childcare Screening Tool.

Sep 28, 2020 RCDHU - Information for Business Operators Information Sheet with quick links and references to information.  Business Information Line 1-888-444-3659 and the COVID-19 Help for businesses in Ontario website.

Sep 25, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release regarding an update on the COVID-19 Outbreak at Fellows High School. 

Sep 22, 2020 The RCDHU issued a media release regarding an update on COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. Media release is provided in PDF below.

Sep 19, 2020 The RCDHU has issued a media release regarding Ontario limits the size of unmonitored and private social gatherings. Media release is provided in PDF below.

Sep 15, 2020 The RCDHU has issue a media release declaring a COVID-19 outbreak at Fellows High School.

July 31, 2020 RCDHU Workplace Checklist with linked reference materials.

July 14, 2020 The RCDHU has provided additional documentation to aid businesses and residents in adapting to the new requirement of wearing masks/face coverings.

Please review the following material:
RCDHU Letter to Residents (dated July 14) 
RCDHU Letter to Operators (dated July 14) 
RCDHU Information for Business Operators - Resources for Workplaces
RCDHU Sample Mask/Face Covering Policy template
RCDHU Sample script messages for Greeters template 

July 9, 2020 The Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) has issued additional documents with information pertainant to residents and businesses on their decision, announced July 6, 2020, to require mask/face coverings in all enclosed public spaces in Renfrew County. Some exemptions do apply.  Refer to the provided materials for specifics.

Information can be found on the RCDHU website as well as in the files below.  This directive is a requirement for all businesses and individuals to follow.  Respectful adherence is greatly appreciated.

Documents provided include:
RCDHU Directive for Masks and Face Coverings (5 pages)
RCDHU FAQ on the Masks and Face Covering Directive with July 14, 2020 listed as effective date (4 pages)
RCDHU FAQ for Masks and Face Coverings (7 pages)
RCDHU Entrance Public Signage - Masks and Face Coverings

July 6, 2020  Today, Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health Unit and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of masks in their respective jurisdictions.

Each public health unit will be invoking a directive under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that requires individuals to wear a mask or face covering in certain enclosed public spaces. Under the directive, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

In Renfrew County and District, this directive will require that masks are worn in enclosed public spaces. The details of the local directive are in development and will come into effect next week. RCDHU’s first step for implementation of this directive is a gradual education process to be further assessed going forward. This directive is to be primarily used as a means to educate people on mask use in premises especially where 2-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained. As the province continues to reopen and with increased community travel, physical distancing becomes more challenging. There is also an increased risk of potential spread of COVID-19, especially indoors or in confined spaces where there is minimal airflow, higher concentrations of people, and an increased chance of sharing high-touch surfaces.

Evidence shows that wearing a non-medical mask or face covering such as a bandana, scarf or cloth that covers the mouth and nose, can help contain the spread of COVID-19 when used in combination with frequent handwashing, physical distancing and staying home when ill. Masks that cover your mouth, nose, and chin help to prevent respiratory droplets from your mouth and nose reaching others or landing on surfaces. Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) states that “masks offer a non-invasive, inexpensive method for saving lives while providing a visual reminder to remain vigilant during these times of uncertainty.”

For more information about masks and COVID-19 visit RCDHU’s website, view RCDHU’s Frequently Asked Questions – Masks and Face Coverings, or call RCDHU at 613-735-8654.

June 11, 2020 Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance: Workplace Outbreaks