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This page includes the latest information and guidance from Halton Region Public Health, the province and federal governments on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

You will receive a phone call from Halton Region Public Health with instructions. While you are waiting for your phone call, follow these steps:

  1. Self-isolate (external PDF)
  2. If you require medical attention, call your health care provider or telehealth, 1-866-797-0000.
  3. If you require immediate medical attention, call 911.
  4. Review this Instruction Letter for Cases (PDF file) on what to do when you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  5. If you receive a COVID-19 text notification, click on the secure link and complete the form
  6. Tell people who had a high risk exposure to you that you have tested positive and share this Instruction Letter for Individuals who have had a High Risk Exposure to COVID-19 (PDF file).
  7. If you attended work while you were infectious, Halton Region Public Health may direct you to provide your workplace with an instruction letter.

To download and view this information in another language, select one of the links below:

Need a COVID-19 test?

COVID-19 testing locations in Halton include:

Find additional locations in Ontario (external link).

If you, or someone you know were near someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

If you have had a high-risk exposure (“close contact”) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow the testing and isolation directions for vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals in the High-risk Exposure flowchart (external PDF). For further instructions, review this Instruction Letter for Individuals who have had a High Risk Exposure to COVID-19 (PDF file).

COVID-19 Core Information

Please read important information below on how you can protect yourself, protect others and stop the spread of COVID-19. Visit Public Health Ontario for translated resources available in multiple languages (external link).

Symptoms range from mild (like the flu and other common respiratory infections) to severe. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are listed below. These symptoms are subject to change. Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website for latest information(external PDF).

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 that require immediate self-isolation and COVID-19 testing include:

  • Fever and/or chills (temperature of 37.8°C/100°F or higher)
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell

In addition to the following:

For adults (18 years of age and older)

  • Muscle aches/joint pain - not related to getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours. 
  • Extreme tiredness/no energy/general feeling of being unwell - not related to getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours.

For children  (less than 18 years of age)

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

*Important*

If you are experiencing severe symptoms (trouble breathing or chest pain), please go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

If you have symptoms or were exposed to COVID-19 follow instructions in these screening tools to help you decide if you need to seek care or testing:

Individuals with symptoms (even if mild) associated with COVID-19 are required to self-isolate(external PDF) under the class order (PDF file) issued by the Medical Officer of Health under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.  Individuals with symptoms must self-isolate even if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Provincial Roadmap to Reopen

Halton Region and all of Ontario moved to Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen (external link) on Friday, July 16, 2021. This is a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of province-wide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health system indicators.

View a recording of the Re-Opening Halton with Dr. Deepika Lobo webinar (YouTube video).

Roadmap to reopen - Key highlights:

 

Roadmap to reopen Step 3 (external link)

70-80% adults with one dose
25% fully vaccinated


Permit with restrictions

Additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place


  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits

For questions related to the Province-Wide Roadmap to Reopening, please visit the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Businesses can call the Stop the Spread Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 with any questions about impacts to operations or employment.

Additional instructions for businesses from the Medical Officer of Health (MOH)

Halton Region’s MOH has issued an amended Letter of Instructions to businesses to keep residents safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These instructions are in addition to provincial regulations:

Visit COVID-19 Resources for Businesses for more information on public health guidance for businesses.

Sector specific support and guidance

This section provides information on safety measures identified in the Provincial Roadmap to Recovery and general COVID-19 prevention information for businesses. You will also find additional guidance from Halton Region Public Health, the Ontario Government and other health and safety organizations. Select the appropriate category below for sector-specific information.

General guidance for organizations and businesses

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Additional Guidance

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Additional Guidance

Financial Assistance and Supports

To access personal protective equipment, please visit:

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Additional Guidance

Resources

The following guidance is intended for operators of community and allotment gardens to ensure public safety as these spaces reopen.

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Day camps are currently permitted to operate with restrictions.

Please refer to the July 19, 2021 Day Camp Operator letter (PDF file) for further public health information and resources for day camps.

Ontario Ministry of Health Guidance

Ontario Workplace Safety Guidelines

Resources

The following guidance documents are intended to support operators of group homes and other congregate settings.

If you are a long-term care or retirement home administrator or employee looking for information about COVID-19 infection prevention and control, please visit Halton’s Long-term Care and Retirement Homes - Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) page.

Indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces are permitted to open in Step 3 of the Provinces Roadmap to Reopen (external link) with capacity limits and other restrictions.

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

The following guidance document is intended to support owners and operators of multi-unit housing (for example, apartments and condominiums) to ensure public safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Resources

Personal care services are permitted to operate in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen (external link) with capacity limits and other restrictions.

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

In Step 3 of the Provinces Roadmap to Reopen (external link), retail is permitted with capacity limits.

Halton’s Medical Officer of Health has issued amended instructions to workplaces (PDF file), including retail businesses and shopping malls. The amended instructions replace the two existing sets of instructions for retail businesses and indoor shopping malls. See the letter from Dr. Meghani to all retail business owners (PDF file).

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

In Step 3 of the Provinces Roadmap to Reopen (external link), outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities are open with capacity and other limitations. Select professional and elite amateur sports leagues are permitted to operate under the Return-to-Play Framework (external link).

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Additional Guidance

The following guidance document is intended for taxi and ride share companies, drivers, and passengers to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Halton Region Public Health Guidance

Additional Guidance

Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

 

Additional information

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.

Local hospitals are responsible for COVID-19 testing. Please contact your local hospital testing and assessment centre to arrange a test if required.

Public Health:

  • educates the public (individuals, organizations, businesses) regarding steps they can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19;
  • provides infection prevention and control recommendations and guidelines to support local organizations and businesses throughout the stages of reopening;
  • 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.
  • To report an incident of non-compliance with the provincial emergency orders in Halton, please call the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 hotline at 905-825-4722.
  • The hotline will accept non-compliance reports for the following:
  • A police officer or by-law officer will follow up to address the situation and describe the importance of the emergency measures. If necessary, the officer will issue a ticket or summons.
  • Halton residents can also report non-compliance with public health recommendations involving food premises and/or personal service settings by calling the Halton Regional Police Services COVID-19 Enforcement Hotline. All complaints will be forwarded to Halton Region Public Health for follow-up by a Public Health Inspector within one business day. After-hours calls will be returned the next regular business day.
  • Health care settings have specific guidelines, which are established by the Ontario Ministry of Health Regulated Health Professionals Act (external link) and are enforced by the Regulatory Colleges. Halton Region will work with health care settings and regulatory colleges as deemed necessary to ensure that organizations are following Public Health direction. For more information please visit health.gov.on.ca (external link)
  • Please call 911 for emergencies only. To report non-compliance with Regional by-laws or to contact Halton Region Public Health, please call 311.
  • Child care open for non-school-aged children. This includes child care offered in licensed centres, in home-based settings (licensed and unlicensed) and by authorized recreation and skill-building providers.
  • All child care centres and home child care providers are required to have enhanced health and safety measures in place, including but not limited to:
    • enhanced cleaning
    • mandatory screening of staff and children
    • a plan in place to support operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • See above for more information on requirements for child care operators
  • On or after September 1, 2020, operators are permitted to begin charging fees or deposits in order to hold a space. Parents must be given 14 days’ notice to accept a placement for their child that will be available on or after September 1, 2020.
  • For information on available child care in Halton, contact the Child Care Directory and Information Line (CCDIL) (external link) at 905-875-0235 or childcaresearch@thrc.ca.

Halton Region continues to offer prenatal and breastfeeding education programs for expecting parents and families with newborns.

To support residents, the Halton Region Health Department is enhancing our free online courses. For more information, visit Halton Region’s webpages on Prenatal classes and supports and Breastfeeding.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be challenging to parents who are not living together but are co-parenting their children.

For tips on co-parenting during this difficult time, as well as guidance on self-isolation, please refer to our fact sheet Public Health Tips for Parents on Sharing Child Custody and Co-Parenting during the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF file).

For the most recent physician communications from the Halton Region Medical Officer of Health on COVID-19 and links to physician directives and guidance documents, please visit our Information for Physicians page.

Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons.

Individuals and families who are thinking of travelling to another province should:

  • consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes COVID-19 transmission in other provinces and entry restrictions and exemptions (external link) of other provinces or territories.
  • review and consider domestic travel requirements (external link).
  • self-isolate, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • consider public health advice, and follow any rules and regulations of other provinces.

Do not travel if you are not feeling well.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point during your travel, use the self-assessment tool (external link) to determine what to do next. The screening tool will help determine if you need to seek care or testing, based on your symptoms.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you are still considering travel outside of Canada, you should:

Travellers entering or returning to Canada

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