Understanding COVID-19 and how it spreads is an important step in flattening the curve of transmission and keeping residents and staff healthy and safe. 

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The new coronavirus is a  virus in this family which we have not previously seen.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, and death

How can you limit the spread?

There are simple measures every resident can take to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, including:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not possible
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Physical distancing: stay home and only leave for food and other essentials
  • Covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with a tissue or arms and sleeves 
  • Avoid touching of the face, eyes, mouth and eyes
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Staying home if sick
  • Avoid all non-essential international travel, as recommended by Provincial and Federal health authorities 
  • Avoiding sharing of personal items


Individuals asked or ordered to self isolate due to recent travel or possible exposure should:

  • Not go to work, child care, or other public areas for 14 days
    • If you develop symptoms within 14 days of your self-isolation period, you must remain in self-isolation for an additional 14 days from the day your symptoms started OR 24 hours after your symptoms have stopped, whichever is longer
  • Separate themselves from others from others
    • Sleep in a separate room
    • Have a bathroom in your home dedicated to only you (if possible)
    • Maintain a distance of two metres from other people
  • Not have guests or visitors over
  • Clean hands often
  • Not use public transportation, ride sharing companies or taxis
  • Cancel non-urgent appointments until the end of the monitoring period
  • Avoid close contact with others, including those in their home as much as possible
  • Make alternate arrangements to support children and other dependents
  • Ask a friend or family member to helpget a supply of groceries and other necessities, the isolating individual(s) should not under any circumstances go themselves

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