Grey Bruce Health Unit is ramping up
The Grey Bruce Health Unit says there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the region.
There have been lots of rumours swirling through the community but public health officials assure us there is a protocol for reporting confirmed cases.
Communications spokesperson Drew Ferguson tells Dock News if and when there are local cases they will issue a release in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.
Reports are to be issued at 10:30 in the morning or at 5:30 in the evening.
Ferguson says however they are ramping things up as the number of cases across Canada and around the world increases.
He says right now they're in 'Emergency Management Mode' meaning a team is in place doing planning and logistics and a re-allocating of resources and people.
Ferguson also says there is likely to be a change in the criteria for who is tested for Covid-19.
As of Thursday morning is was to be only those who've recently travelled or those who've come into contact with someone who's tested positive.
He says Ministry officials were expected to change that criteria at some point on Thursday.
In the meantime he says, they're fielding a couple of dozen calls a day to their Help Line which is staffed by two nurses at the moment - likely to go up to four - from 8:30 to 4:30.
He says the hours will likely be expanded as well as more calls come in.
The number is 1- 800 263 - 3456 ext 3000.
He says they're getting calls from people who worry they may have the virus; from those wondering whether to hold their events and from those asking about how to self-isolate or help someone else isolate.
Ferguson says anyone who feels they may have Covid-19 should either call their doctor or the hospital before simply showing up and exposing others to it.
He says another good solution is to call their Help Line for an over-the-phone risk assessment.
Ferguson says the solution to this pandemic does not lie in testing, or hospitals, or doctors or even governments.
He says it lies with every one of us practicing good basic hygeine.
"Covid 19 doesn't have legs. It doesn't have wings. It doesn't walk. It doesn't fly. The only way you're going to get it is from a contaminated person or surface and introducing it into your own body."
He says you could contract it through a cough or a sneeze from another person and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
The message is clear. Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face or contact with people who are sick.
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