Algoma Public Health is would like to provide the following Key Updates for Algoma-area Businesses:
- At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Algoma. COVID-19 testing has been conducted for a number of Algoma residents. There has been no positive result thus far. For up-to-date information on the current situation in Algoma, please see our website here.
- We will continue to provide regular updates to businesses in Algoma, and answer any questions or concerns from an operational standpoint as they arise. You can submit questions and sign-up for future notifications by clicking here.
- Algoma Public Health is actively monitoring the situation and providing public health guidance to returning travellers, local health professionals, and local employers. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is recommending that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada.
- To protect coworkers, friends, and loved ones employees who are feeling sick should be supported and encouraged to stay home until they no longer have any symptoms.
- At this time, people who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 are mainly those people who have travelled from an impacted area, or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- APH encourages businesses to be proactive in their infection prevention by enacting good hand hygiene policies and respiratory etiquette.
Mitigating Risk at Your Workplace
- Increase awareness about COVID-19 in your workplace through regular communication with staff and directing them to credible resources.
- Provide access to handwashing facilities and place hand sanitizing dispensers in prominent locations throughout the workplace, if possible
- When possible, increase the distance between desks and workstations, as well as employees and customers (ideally 2 metres).
- Where feasible adjust policies to reduce social contact (e.g. flexible work arrangements, telework arrangements or meetings, etc.)
- Be considerate to the fact that employees and customers may be feeling additional stress during this time. Encourage healthy coping strategies.
- Workplaces are encouraged to increase frequency of cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., phones, elevator buttons, computers, desks, lunch tables, kitchens, washrooms, cash registers, seating areas, surface counters, customer service counters, bars, restaurant tables/menus). Learn more
- Plan for a possible increase in absenteeism and be ready to maintain continuity of operations. Keep in mind flexible work hours as employees and their families manage child care and school closures.
If someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1.866.797.0000 or Algoma Public Health at 705.759.5404 or TF 1.866.892.0172 ext. 5404
This guidance was provided from the Ministry of Health
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I close my business?
At this time, there is no provincial direction to close businesses. Ultimately, it is your decision on whether or not to remain open. Workplace operating decisions should be considered based on local conditions and risk assessment. During a pandemic response, all decisions should be considered based on balancing the need to minimize the risk of serious illness, with the need to minimize disruption to essential community services.
What to do for an employee who has returned from travelling internationally?
Employees who have returned from international travel are advised to self-isolate and should:
- self-monitor, and stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left
- contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or Algoma Public Health at 705.759.5404 or TF 1.866.892.0172 ext. 5404 if they experience symptoms.
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings (PDF file)
- Handwashing (PDF file)
- How-to Self Monitor (PDF file)
- How-to Self Isolate (PDF file)
- Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada (PDF file)
Travel and Business
As of March 13, 2020 Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, has recommended:
- The people of Ontario avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada
- Immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people
- For those who do choose to travel, they should self-monitor and self-isolate if experiencing symptoms
Misinformation is a challenge and we encourage our community partners and the general public to use sources that are credible on a local, provincial and federal level.
Use these websites for credible and up-to-date information about COVID-19.
- Algoma Public Health
- Ministry of Health
- Public Health Ontario
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization