The respiratory disease COVID-19 has captured the attention of the world because of its quick spread and potential to cause severe illness in some people. At the Ministry of Health, your health and wellbeing is our main priority, and we are working hard to protect you....But we need your help. We urge you to take action to protect yourself, your family and your neighbourhood communities from this global threat. There are other steps you can take to help you stay healthy and avoid getting others sick.
Emotional Wellbeing Hotline: Call 543-1111 for support from 9am-9pm daily
Mental Health: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. However, learning how to manage stress and get through stressful challenges, will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Download the Mental Health Guidance
BHBSymptom Tracking: Use the BHB Patient Symptom Check List and Self-Assessment to identify the next steps you need to take for help or who you need to call.
Contact Tracing: contact tracing is a fundamental part of outbreak control that's used by public health professionals around the world to prevent the spread of infections.
Mask Wearing: The Ministry of Health reccomends wearing face coverings in public settings for persons 2 years-old and older, where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies). Visit our Mask Guidance page.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and based on available information, pregnant women seem to have the same risk as other adults who are not pregnant. However, much remains unknown.
Preventative Behaviours: To prevent COVID-19 and to stop the spread there are a few behaviours to pratice that can keep you safe. These include: physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands. Below are some resources for further information on what you can do to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.
HealthIQ: a simple online tool that logs health status and symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19. Your data is confidential and cannot be viewed by anyone.
High/Medium/Low Risk Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Public Health Measures Explained: Physical distance vs. Quarantine vs. Isolation
Self-Quarantine and Isloation Precautions: A person who has returned from travel or has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to Self-Quarantine for at least 14 days. Isolation is required when a person has a fever and a cough.
Seniors: Older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, kidney or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for illness from COVID-19 Disease. It is very important for seniors to take actions to reduce their risk of getting sick with the disease.
Shielding: Coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, but some persons are extremely vulnerable and are at a higher risk and need to take extra steps to avoid becoming unwell – this is called shielding.