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Health Unit Urges Stay Home If You’re Unwell

By Mike Ebbeling Dec 23, 2022 | 11:55 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit urges following virus control measures over the holiday period.

“We continue to see moderate to high rates of viral respiratory illness throughout our region caused by several viruses, including influenza, COVID-19 and RSV,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon.

She notes they have seen some improvements since the levels seen in November, but respiratory illnesses continue to have a notable impact on emergency room departments, hospitalizations, and pediatric ICUs.

Dr. Young Hoon asks that you stay home when first sick with a fever or body aches and to get your flu and COVID booster shot.

She says large gatherings during the holiday break with individuals attending who are unwell can pose a significant risk, especially among elderly people and children under the age of 5.

Other recommendations: 

-Take the provincial online self-assessment if you have symptoms of illness or tested positive for COVID-19

-If you test positive for COVID-19, you might be eligible for anti-viral medication. Check here to see if you meet the requirements

Some links to guide self-care and family care:

811 Health Care Connect Ontario (formerly Telehealth)

Health conditions and treatments: Caring for kids (cps.ca)

Where to get COVID-19 Boosters, flu shots, and COVID-19 antiviral medication:

(Please remember: many pharmacies are short-staffed, just like all health care and other workplaces. Check

with the pharmacy to see if services are available at the day and time you are seeking; these services are being provided in addition to all other pharmacy functions and availability may vary.)


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