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Halton Region Public Health is working to protect the safety and health of all Halton residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest evidence from local data suggests that physical distancing and other public health measures are helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Learn how Public Health is protecting residents and what you can do to stay safe.

As restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens, it is more important than ever that we take the direction of public health seriously. Residents need to continue to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19: stay home as much as possible, wash hands frequently and when outside the home, practice physical distancing and wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

On May 22, 2020, the Halton Region Medical Officer of Health issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This Order requires residents who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and all associated close contacts to stay home for 14 days and self-isolate. Learn more about the Class Order in the Self-isolation section of this webpage or view our fact sheet.

Current cases in Halton

Daily case tables

Daily case table updates now feature the number of lab-confirmed cases by age range and municipality to show a clear image of the current situation. This approach aligns with the information provided at ontario.ca/coronavirus.

Last update: Tuesday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m.

 
Age group Confirmed cases Probable cases* Total Outcomes among total cases
Deaths Recoveries
0-19 26 25 51 0 38
20-39 154 21 175 0 134
40-59 234 19 253 5 202
60-79 117 11 128 5 99
80+ 92 0 92 15 58
Total 623 76 699 25 531
Change from yesterday +4 +1 +5 0 +10
  • Among the total 699 Halton cases, 78 (11%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak.
  • Among the total 25 Halton deaths, 11 (44%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak.
Data notes
  • Extracted from iPHIS at 7 a.m. on May 26, 2020, with data current to end of day on May 25, 2020. All data are dynamic and subject to change with future updates.
    • iPHIS is a dynamic disease reporting system which allows ongoing updates to data previously entered.
    • As a result, data extracted from iPHIS represent a snapshot at the time of extraction and may differ from previous or subsequent reports.
    • Based on information gathered while doing case investigation, numbers may increase or decrease daily to reflect our most up to date information. 
    • Our main priority in outbreak management is prevention. Ensuring appropriate measures are being taken by the institutions requires time, in addition to collecting information on the status of the residents.  For this reason, outbreak counts take time to be updated in iPHIS.
  • As of May 11, probable cases are defined as epi-linked cases, which means they are presumed to have COVID-19 because they have symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and (a) have travelled to an affected area; and/or (b) have had close contact with a confirmed case; and/or (c) lived in or worked in a facility known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.
  • All data includes only individuals whose main usual residence is in Halton Region.
  • Deaths and recoveries are a subset of total cases.
    • Cases are considered to be recovered if their symptoms have resolved, at least 14 days have passed since symptom onset, and the case has been closed in iPHIS.
    • Deaths include any death that occurred among a person who tested positive for COVID-19, even if the death may not have been directly attributable to COVID-19.
  • The change from yesterday reflects how much higher or lower the count is compared to the tables published yesterday. The change does not reflect when cases’ symptoms began.
  • Date declared for outbreaks reflects the outbreak classification date in iPHIS.
  • Outbreaks may be listed with zero confirmed cases in residents/patients, because an outbreak can be declared if there is a confirmed case in one or more staff members. The number of cases among staff members has not been included because it can be difficult to track, since many staff members live outside Halton and are managed by the health unit where they reside.
  • The outbreak tables and the counts of residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak refer only to confirmed outbreaks in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and hospitals. 

Surveillance reports

COVID-19 health advice

  • Most people with COVID-19 infection will develop mild symptoms and will recover on their own at home.
  • The risk of severe illness and outcomes is higher for older adults and those with weakened immune systems and underlying medical conditions (diabetes, heart and lung disease).
  • For a list of tip sheets and resources on COVID-19, such as cleaning and disinfection, guidelines for self-isolation or taking care of yourself and others, visit Public Health Ontario (external link).
  • For more information, email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets produced when you cough or sneeze
  • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing hands

There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air (that it can remain suspended in the air for long periods of time).

The best way to control the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 is to:

  • stay home as much as possible, only going out for essentials;
  • if you must go out in public, practice physical distancing (social distancing) (external link) by maintaining a 2 metre (6 foot) distance from others;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve;
  • wash hands frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub:
    • wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand rubs safely
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • avoid all non-essential travel until further notice (if you have travelled, it is now mandatory to self-isolate for 14 days from when you return home); and
  • if you have symptoms (even if mild) associated with COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate (see Self-isolation section).

For more information, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Prevention and Risks webpage. 

Physical distancing (social distancing) (external link) involves taking steps to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the community by limiting close contact with others. Help protect the safety and health of you, your family and friends, and the community by following these measures:

Physical distancing do's

  • Stay home as much as possible, only going out for essentials.
  • If you must go out in public, keep a 2 metre (6-foot) distance from other people.
  • Use technology to keep in touch.
  • Shop online and arrange to have things dropped off at home if possible.
  • When in public, wash hands frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub.

Physical distancing don'ts

  • Don't leave home if you feel sick.
  • Don't congregate in public, including street parties, pick-up sports or meetings at playgrounds and parks.
  • Don't have visits with neighbours and friends, playdates, coffee dates, sleepovers or parties.
  • Don't visit long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices and other institutional care settings unless the visit is absolutely essential.
  • Don't shake hands, hug or kiss cheeks in greetings.
  • Medical masks are needed by healthcare workers, including surgical, medical procedure masks and respirators, such as N95 masks. It is extremely important that we keep the supply of medical masks for health care workers where it is urgently needed for medical procedures and to care for individuals who have COVID-19.
  • Wearing a non-medical mask (for example, cloth mask or face covering) is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you.
  • Wearing a non-medical mask that covers your mouth and nose can prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating others or landing on surfaces.
  • Non-medical masks can be worn for short periods of time in public settings when physical distancing is not possible (for example, grocery shopping).
  • When travelling by rail, bus/motor carrier, marine or air, you are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or cloth face covering. Transportation operators may ask you to wear a mask or cloth face covering where physical distancing is not possible. Before boarding an aircraft, you will be required to demonstrate you have the necessary non-medical mask or face covering. 
  • While wearing a non-medical mask, continue to practice proven measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing.
  • Wearing rubber gloves in public does not reduce your risk of COVID-19. Regular handwashing with soap and water and avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth offer more protection.

For more information, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's Non-medical masks and face coverings (external link) webpage.

Additional information

Halton Region Public Health is closely monitoring the evolving situation. We are working closely in collaboration with local, provincial and federal governments, as well as health-care providers and hospitals, police, long-term care homes and other community partners.

Halton Region Public Health:

  • educates the public regarding steps they can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19;
  • assesses the risk among residents with symptoms and determines what further care is required;
  • coordinates testing (when required) at an appropriate location;
  • ensures those who are showing symptoms understand how to reduce the risk of transmission to others; and
  • provides guidance to cases and their contacts, such as self-isolation protocols and monitoring for symptoms to minimize the risk of spread.

Outdoor recreational amenities will remain closed until May 29, 2020 as an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (external link). Affected open spaces include:

  • playgrounds
  • play structures and equipment
  • outdoor exercise equipment
  • public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities

Effective May 19, 2020, the following outdoor recreational amenities are permitted to open:

  • outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields
  • off-leash dog areas
  • outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas

Bronte Creek Provincial Park reopened on May 15, 2020 for limited day-use activities such as walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. All buildings and facilities in Provincial parks (such as washrooms, water taps, roofed accommodations and playgrounds) remain closed.

Several Conservation Halton parks will reopen on May 22, 2020. For more information, please visit the Conservation Halton website (external link).

Residents must continue to practice physical distancing if visiting the park unless they are members of the same household.

Specific signage will be posted at all Regional sites closed as a result of this order. Closed amenities may also feature parking blockades, fencing and flagging tape where applicable.

Allotment and community gardens are permitted to operate under an amendment to the emergency orders of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Halton Region Public Health has developed a fact sheet (PDF file) providing guidance about the safe operation of community gardens.

 

Physical activity and getting fresh air are important for our overall physical and mental wellness. For some residents, it is safe to go outside for a walk, run or bike ride; others may need to stay on their private property for their own safety and the safety of the community.

Follow the instructions below:

Your situation Can I go outside in my private property (backyard, balcony or porch)? Can I go for a walk, run or bike ride off my private property?
I am waiting for lab results, or have tested positive for COVID-19 Yes No
I have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if mild) Yes No
I have returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days Yes No
I am a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 Yes No
I am over 70 years of age Yes No*
I am immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions Yes No*
All other Halton residents (except those listed above) Yes Yes, but only if you stay 2 metres (6 feet) from others and have no symptoms of COVID-19

*You are considered high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges you to stay home.

Some public spaces are not permitted for use at this time. These restrictions are part of a Provincial Order (external link) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (see For residents, Outdoor recreational amenities).

Before going outside, check your local municipality's COVID-19 physical distancing by-laws:

Other steps you can take to reduce your risk while being active outside:

  • Maintain 2 metres (6 feet) distance from others. You may need to change your route or the time of day that you go out in order to keep this distance.
  • Step aside or pass others quickly and courteously on sidewalks.
  • Do not enter spaces that are barricaded or have signage indicating the area is closed.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.

Remember to wash your hands when you return home.

To prevent COVID-19 from spreading, Canada has put the following travel measures in place:

  • advising all Canadians to postpone or cancel all non-essential travel;
  • restricting all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border;
  • banning entry of most foreign nationals entering Canada by air;
  • preventing symptomatic passengers from boarding a plane to Canada; 
  • redirection of the vast majority of international passenger flights to four airports (external link);
  • encouraging all passengers travelling by air, bus/motor carrier, rail, marine or air to wear a non-medical mask or face covering as much as possible, especially when physical distancing is not possible; 
  • requiring passengers to demonstrate they have the necessary non-medical mask or cloth face covering before they are permitted to board the aircraft; and
  • requiring anyone entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, under the Quarantine Act (external link).

Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

 

Media updates and announcements

  • December 31 - Health authorities in Wuhan, China first report cases of undiagnosed viral pneumonia. The cause is confirmed as a new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV or new coronavirus, which has not previously been identified in humans. For updated information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Coronavirus Infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage (external link).


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