Thursday, October 15, 2020

A COVIDWise Fall Break

With Fall Break just around the corner, many of you will be making the decision to travel from our community. As you do, it is important to be aware that the COVID-19 virus continues to affect Ottawa, Ontario and the rest of Canada. As shared in previous messages, province-wide cases are rising sharply, with record numbers of new positive test cases being announced daily. We all need to be especially vigilant and continue to take all the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Reduce the Risk

Activities have high to low levels of risk when it comes to spreading the COVID-19 virus. Ottawa Public Health has put together an assessment table to help choose your activities as we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are travelling outside of your immediate household, be mindful of who you may be visiting. Protect each other by communicating about the contacts you had, avoid sharing food or drinks and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible, including when outside.

One way to protect yourself, your immediate household and others in the Ottawa community is by downloading the COVID alert app before you go. This will help alert you to a potential exposure to COVID-19 before any symptoms appear. Additionally, please remember to be COVIDWise:

  • W – Wear a mask or face covering where required or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two-metres (six feet), including when you are outside.
  • I – Isolate yourself from others if you are sick and follow the advice from Ottawa Public Health regarding testing.
  • S – Stay two-metres (six feet) apart from those outside your immediate household. This also includes when you are visiting with friends and family from back home.
  • E – Exercise proper hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly or using hand sanitizer especially before touching your face.

When You Return to Ottawa

When you return to Ottawa, please self-monitor for any symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19. If you start feeling unwell, please follow the symptom reporting process. Continue to wear your mask while indoors and maintain physical distancing. Even when you are outside, if physical distancing is not possible, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

We hope you enjoy the fall break ask that you remember to be safe as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of all members of the Ottawa community upon your return.

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