Timiskaming Health Unit

The Timiskaming Health unit is asking the public to complete an online survey to understand how COVID-19 is affecting local residents.

"For example, how is COVID-19 impacting you and members of your household’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being?" the health unit said in a news release Tuesday. "Do you practise physical distancing and wear a mask? Do you agree with these preventive measures? What are your opinions about how well public health is responding?"

The COVID-19 survey runs from now until early December. The confidential, anonymous survey is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who lives in the Timiskaming Health Unit area.

"We know the pandemic has had a big impact on our community and our personal lives so we encourage everyone to complete the survey, from young adults to older adults" Dr. Glenn Corneil, Timiskaming’s acting medical officer of health, said in the release.

"Results from this survey will help us better understand the impact of COVID-19 and related public health measures. Survey findings will inform our ongoing response to the pandemic as well as enable us to provide our best advice for programs and services to support our residents now and beyond the pandemic.”

The survey findings will also be shared with other organizations to inform decision making.

The COVID-19 online survey is being conducted by many Ontario health units who participate in the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS).

Surveys are conducted by the Institute for Social Research at York University on behalf of the local Health Unit. Health units use the local RRFSS results to plan programs and improve services.

The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and must be done in one session. More information about COVID-19 and a link to the survey can be found at www.timiskaminghu.com.