Last Updated: June 2, 2020
How to protect yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Learn what you can do to prevent coronavirus at Government of Canada
Ontario’s Enhanced COVID-19 Testing
On May 29, 2020, the province released its testing plan, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing
. Ontario’s testing guidance now indicates that you should visit an assessment centre if you:
• have at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19
• do not have symptoms but are concerned you might have been exposed
• do not have symptoms but think you are at risk through your employment (for example, if you are an essential or health care worker)
• would like to be tested
To support Ontarians who have identified the need to get tested, as of May 24, 2020, people will no longer need a referral to go to any of the more than 130 assessment centres across Ontario for testing. No Ontarian will be declined a test.
Given this expanded guidance, if you do choose to get tested, here are a few important notes:
• Testing is voluntary.
• You do not need an OHIP card to be tested. It is a free service.
• Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). find out more about an assessment centre near you
• You can also take an online self-assessment
to help determine if you should get tested.
• If you are free of symptoms and have not had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 when presenting for testing, you will not be required to self-isolate. However, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days regardless of your test result. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local public health unit for further advice.
Stay informed and visit Ontario’s website
to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Local information is also available from your local public health unit
Heightened Concern & Anxiety
We all want to be in control of our fear and cope with the stress of this pandemic in a healthy way. For things you can do, please visit Coping with Anxiety during COVID
School & site cleaning
Board custodial staff has increased its cleaning and sterilization procedures with an increased focus on the cleaning of high touch-point areas and an additional disinfectant spray upon completion. In addition, soap dispensers and hand-dryers will be monitored closely to ensure safe handwashing practices.
Government of Canada Travel Health Notices
Always use reliable sources for information on COVID-19. These sources include:
Hamilton Public Health Services
Ministry of Health
Government of Canada