COVID-19 Information Centre

This page is the primary resource for everyone at Loyalist College for information about our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We will continue to follow the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario as the situation evolves. Please check back to this page often for updates.

Updated: January 13, 2021


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Key Updates


Message from the President

SUBJECT: Ontario State of Emergency Restrictions do not impact essential campus operations

DATE: January 13, 2021

Dear College Community, 

I hope this finds you safe and well. 

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we know there has been an overwhelming amount of new information every day. Maintaining your physical and mental well-being during these trying times is so important, and we want to remind you of the mental wellness student supports in place to help. 

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario declared a Second Provincial Emergency to address the doubling of COVID-19 cases, save lives and protect the healthcare system. The Premier announced a Stay-at-Home order and enhanced enforcement measures (see below), which will come into effect Thursday, January 14 at 12:01 am. All enforcement and provincial offences officers will have the authority to issue tickets or fines to individuals or businesses not abiding by the orders. The Province will provide updates on the duration of the state of emergency, which could extend up to or beyond 28 days. 

In order to keep our College community safe, we want to reinforce that if coming to campus is not essential, please stay home. 

As of today, there are no new measures that will change the current state of learning and working at Loyalist College. In compliance with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities guidelines, access to campus is limited to:

  • Students in programs deemed to be providing an essential service to the community who have managed their risk adequately and have approval to come to campus/clinical to complete their studies.
  • Employees who are considered essential to campus operations and supporting students. Any changes to work schedules or locations because of the new restrictions will be communicated directly by the manager. 
  • In-person teaching (each instructional space at the institution at one time) and in-person examinations cannot exceed 10 students, with limited exemptions, such as Social Service Worker, Nursing, Paramedic and Personal Support Worker.

Food services are closed. 

Student Residents:

  • Residences remain open and any changes related to the Stay-at-Home order and enhanced enforcement measures will be communicated directly with student residents. For questions regarding Residence, please contact residence@loyalistcollege.com.

New Safety Measures:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to five people with limited exceptions.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres. 
  • Non-essential retail stores must open no earlier than 7 am and close no later than 8 pm. 
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted. 

For the full update, please see the Government of Ontario’s news release here. 

For general information, please visit:

For program-specific questions, please contact your program coordinator or School. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with updates as they become available. 

Please know that we are here for you and do not hesitate to reach out to our caring faculty or staff if you need someone to talk to.

Stay safe,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


SUBJECT: Province-wide Shutdown and What it Means for Loyalist College

DATE: December 29, 2020

Dear College Community,  

I hope this finds you safe and well.   

Please find below an update on the province-wide shutdown and what it means for Loyalist College, our students, and our employees:

Province-wide Shutdown

  • Came into effect on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 am. Public health unit regions in Southern Ontario, including ours in Hastings Price Edward, will remain in shutdown until Saturday, January 23, 2021.  
  • The purpose of the shutdown is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities; save lives; preserve health system capacity; and protect vulnerable populations and those who care for them. 
  • At the end of the province-wide shutdown period, the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open will be re-enacted. Indicators from each public health unit region will be re-assessed to determine the appropriate zone for each region under the framework.

Loyalist College

  • As planned, online (or blended delivery) classes for most programs will:
    • Resume on Monday, January 11 for returning students.
    • Start on Tuesday, January 12 for January-start students
      • Exceptions include Automotive Apprenticeship, running January 4.
  • Post-secondary institutions remain open for virtual instruction, with limited exceptions where in-person instruction is required (e.g., clinical training, trades), subject to physical distancing with limited exceptions. 
  • The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) screening is paused, and we are following temporary shutdown restrictions.
  • In compliance with Ministry of Colleges and Universities guidelines, access to campus is limited to:
    • Students in programs deemed to be providing an essential service to the community who have managed their risk adequately and have approval to come to campus/clinical to complete their studies. 
    • Employees who are considered essential to campus operations and supporting students. Any changes to work schedules or locations because of the new restrictions will be communicated directly by the manager.  
  • In-person teaching (each instructional space at the institution at one time) and in-person examinations cannot exceed 10 students, with limited exemptions, such as: 
    • Social Service Worker 
    • Nursing 
    • Paramedic 
    • Personal Support Worker 
  • Schools are in the process of contacting students whose schedules and/or classes are impacted by the new restrictions.  
  • Food services are closed.

For program-specific questions, please contact your program coordinator or School when the College reopens on Monday, January 4.  

Student Residents

  • Residences remain open and any changes because of the new restrictions will be communicated directly with student residents.  
  • If a student resident has been outside the region, the following protocols must be followed when they return to Residence: 
    • Students arrive on campus and must isolate in Residence for 5-7 days. No access to the Pioneer or Kente buildings. Schedule a COVID test, receive a negative result dated between day 5-7 and cleared for class, while continuing to self-monitor for symptoms for the remaining 7 days.

OR

    • Present to both the Residence Manager and Loyalist Health Centre a negative COVID test dated no earlier than 3 days prior to arrival and be symptom-free, while continuing to self-monitor for symptoms for the remaining 7 days. 

OR

    • Isolate in Residence for 14 days.

For questions regarding Residence, please contact residence@loyalistcollege.com.

For more information, visit: 

Please take care,   

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College  


SUBJECT: Loyalist community member tests positive for COVID-19 – low risk to College campus community – and update for students who provide essential services

DATE: December 11, 2020

Good afternoon,

Please find below an update about a College community member who has recently tested positive for COVID-19: 

Loyalist College COVID-19 Update Based on HPEPH Information 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Number of individuals connected to the College community who have tested positive since Loyalist’s last COVID-19 update on Friday morning, December 11.

One

Did transmission occur on campus?

No

Was the individual on campus during their infectious period?  

No

What is the risk to the College campus community according to Public Health?

Low

Is the individual self-isolating and supported by the College? 

Yes

Has Public Health contacted those who may be high risk contacts of the individual?  

Yes, Public Health has completed contact tracing.


Small classes and activities continue as scheduled for those who live in green, yellow or orange zones, identified in the provincial government’s 
Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

Please note: In addition to Loyalist grey and red zone updated protocols shared today, any student in a program deemed by a member of the College Executive Team to be providing an essential service to the community who has managed their risk within the grey and red zones adequately may come to campus/clinical to complete their studies.

For more information, visit:

Sincerely,  

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College 


SUBJECT: COVID-19 Communication: Protocols on travelling in and out of Grey (Lockdown) and Red (Control) zones

DATE: December 11, 2020

Dear Students,

In keeping with our responsive approaches to the changing nature of COVID-19, I wanted to share with you a College protocol change regarding travel in and out of Grey/Red high risk zones to further minimize unnecessary risk to the Loyalist community.

Effective immediately, any individual who has travelled to any Grey/Red zone in the past 14 days will be denied entry to the campus.

Loyalist is taking the Provincial Government’s mandate one step further by implementing this protocol as a mitigation measure.

Recognizing that it is not practical to have a 14-day ‘Do Not Enter’ protocol for everyone, the College has developed the following exceptions as examples of the types of scenarios that would be permissible.

Exceptions

 Students Living in Residence or Off Campus: 

  • Prior to departure to a Grey/Red zone, a student can seek approval from the Health Centre to facilitate essential activities like family funerals, non-elective medical appointments, family illness with risk of imminent decline in the family member. If you live in Residence, you should also seek approval from the Residence Manager.
  • Any student in a program deemed by a member of the College Executive Team to be providing an essential service to the community who has managed their risk within the grey and red zones adequately may come to campus/clinical to complete their studies. Please follow-up with your School if you are in this situation as you must seek permission before coming to campus.

Students Living in Residence:

If a student were to visit a Grey/Red zone and the 14-day restriction was to be fully enforced, they would have no way to return to Residence. In this case, the following protocols must be followed: 

  • Students arrive on campus and must isolate in Residence for 5-7 days. No access to the Pioneer or Kente buildings. Schedule a COVID test, receive a negative result dated between day 5-7 and cleared for class, while continuing to self-monitor for symptoms for the remaining 7 days. 

OR 

  • Present to both the Residence Manager and Loyalist Health Centre a negative COVID test dated no earlier than 3 days prior to arrival and be symptom-free while continuing to self-monitor for symptoms for the remaining 7 days. 

OR 

  • Isolate in Residence for 14 days. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping our College community safe,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College 


SUBJECT: Loyalist community member tests positive for COVID-19 – low risk to College campus community

DATE: December 11, 2020

Good morning,

Please find below an update about a College community member who has recently tested positive for COVID-19: 

Loyalist College COVID-19 Update Based on HPEPH Information 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Number of individuals connected to the College community who have tested positive since Loyalist’s last COVID-19 update on Tuesday, December 8.

One

Did transmission occur on campus?

No

Was the individual on campus during their infectious period?  

No

What is the risk to the College campus community according to Public Health? 

Low

Is the individual self-isolating and supported by the College? 

Yes

Has Public Health contacted those who may be high risk contacts of the individual?  

Yes, Public Health has completed contact tracing.

 Small classes and activities continue as scheduled for those who live in green, yellow or orange zones, identified in the provincial government’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  

For more information, visit: 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College 


SUBJECT: Loyalist community members test positive for COVID-19 – low risk to College campus community

DATE: December 8, 2020

Good afternoon,

Please find below an update on College community members who have recently tested positive for COVID-19: 

Loyalist College COVID-19 Update Based on HPEPH Information 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Number of individuals connected to the College community who have tested positive since Loyalist’s last COVID-19 update on Friday, December 4.

Seven

Did transmission occur on campus?

No

Were any of the individuals on campus during their infectious period? 

Two community members were on campus during their infectious period. 

What is the risk to the College campus community according to Public Health? 

Low

Are the individuals self-isolating and supported by the College? 

Yes

Has Public Health contacted those who may be high risk contacts of the individual?  

Yes, Public Health has completed contact tracing.

Small classes and activities continue as scheduled for those who live in green, yellow or orange zones, identified in the provincial government’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  

For more information, visit: 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College 


SUBJECT: Four Loyalist community members, one of whom has been to campus, test positive for COVID-19 – low risk to College campus community

DATE: December 4, 2020

Good morning,

Please find below an update on College community members who have recently tested positive for COVID-19:

Loyalist College COVID-19 Update Based on Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Information 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Number of individuals connected to the College who have tested positive since Loyalist’s last COVID-19 update on Thursday, December 3.

Four

Did transmission occur on campus?

No

Were any of the individuals on campus during their infectious period? 

One of the four was on campus

What is the risk to the College campus community according to Public Health? 

Low

Are the individuals self-isolating and supported by the College? 

Yes

Is Public Health contacting those who may be high risk contacts of the individual?  

Yes, this process is underway  

Small classes and activities continue as scheduled for those who live in green, yellow or orange zones, identified in the provincial government’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework

For more information, visit:

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


 

ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATIONS


Keeping Our Community Safe

 

Creating and ensuring a safe working and learning environment is of the utmost importance to Loyalist College. Our Pandemic Committee has been working closely with our Public Health partners as well as our own Student Health Centre medical personnel, faculty with expertise in infectious disease, and occupational health and safety professionals, to protect our students, employees and partners.

 

Loyalist has taken very strict preventative safety measures, including:

  • Reconfiguring our facilities to ensure physical distancing;
  • Increasing security and introducing an app to track the arrival and exit of all individuals at limited entry and exit points;
  • Providing complimentary face masks to those on campus and requiring face masks to be worn;
  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and labs;
  • Posting hand washing guidelines in washrooms;
  • Stocking PPE and critical cleaning products such as wipes, replacement hand sanitizer solution, masks, gloves, and soap;
  • Redesigning our Student Success services online to easily connect students with mentors, resources and informational sessions;
  • Having employees work from home where possible to meet business needs remotely;
  • Closing public gathering spaces;
  • Offering student residents single occupancy rooms only within units of students in the same programs, where possible;
  • Providing detailed training documentation on the processes and protocols of returning to campus;
  • Introducing a COVID-19 testing facility on campus to support students and employees;
  • Establishing quarantine facilities to provide student accommodations in the event a student tests positive for COVID-19; and
  • Ensuring that any students who arrive from outside the country complete a 14-day off-campus quarantine period prior to being allowed on campus.

The health and safety of our College community, including our industry partners, is top priority and we will continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment and care.

Here are some additional resources:


 

LOYALIST COLLEGE IS ONE OF FOUR ONTARIO COLLEGES WITH A GOVERNMENT-APPROVED COVID-19 READINESS PLAN
 
Belleville, Ontario, October 21, 2020 – Loyalist College announced today that the College’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and local public health partners. As one of four approved designated learning institutions (DLI) in the Ontario college system, Loyalist College, which has campuses in Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto, is ready to welcome international students who are currently outside the country. 

“Loyalist’s robust COVID-19 readiness plan protects our students’ and our College community’s health and safety, which is our number one priority,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “We will be helping students with their quarantine plans and providing assistance with everything they need during this time – and throughout their journey at Ontario’s Destination College. Loyalist students travelling to Canada can rest assured knowing the caring supports are in place for them to begin their successful academic journey.” 

Loyalist’s COVID-19 readiness plan outlines how the College will manage the mandatory supervised 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arranging transportation to the quarantine location and helping them get the items they need for their quarantine, like food, medications and health insurance. The College’s detailed plan outlines how the College protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community, as it has done since the beginning of the pandemic.  

Government of Canada travel restriction changes will allow more international students who wish to travel to Canada for the purpose of continuing and/or pursuing their studies, to enter the country. Asymptomatic international students may travel to Canada if they meet the following requirements: 

  • They must be in possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction 
  • They must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a Government-approved COVID-19 readiness plan  

International students can apply to Loyalist’s more than 65 diploma, advanced diploma, post-graduate certificate and certificate programs, with January, May and/or September 2021 intakes. For more information, visit loyalistcollege.com/international


Face masks required to be worn in campus buildings

In alignment with a recent Hastings Prince Edward Public Health announcement on mandatory masking, all individuals must wear non-medical masks/face coverings inside Loyalist College buildings.

The College will provide students and staff with reusable cloth masks; we encourage you to bring these masks with you when coming to campus. If needed, a supply of disposable masks is available on-site, including at the main entrance.

There are some exceptions that apply. A mask is not required if you:

  • Are outdoors and maintain a two-metre distance from others;
  • Have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask/face covering safely;
  • Are behind a physical barrier, such as plexiglass; or
  • Are in an area not open to the public (e.g. in a private office) and your workspace permits a two-metre distance from others.

Masks are still required when you are:

  • Entering and leaving campus buildings;
  • Travelling to or through public areas such as hallways or washrooms; or
  • Are within two metres of another person without a physical barrier in place.

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.


News Releases & Updates

December 21, 2020
Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives
Government of Ontario

TORONTO — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. Additional restrictions will be put into place and reinforce that Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Provincewide Shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO, William Osler Health System.

“The number of daily cases continue to rise putting our hospitals and long-term care homes at risk,” said Premier Ford. “We need to stop the spread of this deadly virus. That’s why, on the advice of Dr. Williams and other health experts, we are taking the difficult but necessary decision to shutdown the province and ask people to stay home. Nothing is more important right now than the health and safety of all Ontarians.”

In response to these exceptional circumstances, the Provincewide Shutdown would put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures similar to those in other jurisdictions. It would help stop the trend of high COVID-19 transmission in communities, preserve health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations and those who care for them, and save lives. Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.
  • Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings – curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.
  • Restricting indoor access to shopping malls – patrons may only go to a designated indoor pickup area (by appointment only), essential retail stores that are permitted to be open (e.g. pharmacy, grocery store), or, subject to physical distancing and face covering requirements, to the food court for takeout purchases. Shopping malls may also establish outdoor designated pickup areas.
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are advised to stay home as much as possible with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

The current COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused when the Provincewide Shutdown comes into effect. The impacts of these time-limited measures will be evaluated throughout the 14 days in Northern Ontario and 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.The Chief Medical Officer of Health will assess and apply lessons learned thus far to the COVID-19 Response Framework to ensure appropriate and effective measures are in place to protect the health of Ontarians and enable economic recovery after the Provincewide Shutdown ends. This will include an assessment of how a revised approach for the safe reopening of retail may be operationalized, according to the latest available evidence.

“This was not an easy decision before the holidays, but we have reached a tipping point,” said Minister Elliott. “We continue to see sharp increases in hospitalizations and occupancy in intensive care units is reaching concerning levels. Urgent action must be taken to prevent our health care system from becoming overwhelmed. By implementing a Provincewide Shutdown, we can work to stop the virus in its tracks, safeguard hospital capacity, and save lives.”

The government is also providing $12.5 million to implement a High Priority Communities Strategy to contain the virus in high-risk communities. The strategy will take a tailored, community-based approach to fund community agencies in 15 priority communities in the York, Peel, Durham, Ottawa, and Toronto regions. The funding will also allow for the hiring of community ambassadors to make people aware of available services and assistance, for coordination of increased testing opportunities and for the arrangement of wraparound supports for those who are COVID-positive. Additional funding of $42 million will also be available to establish isolation centres. 

The province will work with our local municipal partners to establish new isolation centres to help those who may need to isolate following testing.

“We continue to see the number of cases in the province grow and the trends in public health indicators worsen. Additional measures are needed provincewide in order to interrupt this concerning growth,” said Dr. Williams. “We must work together to enable everyone to follow these new and time-limited restrictions and protect our health system and our communities.”

The government is working to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in workplaces by supporting essential businesses in doing whatever is necessary to keep workers safe. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is leading a multi-ministry COVID-19 Safety Team. The team will partner with local authorities to carry out additional enforcement blitzes in sectors where they are needed most.

New School Protocols

While transmission in schools remains low, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the winter break on January 4, 2021. This action is being taken in support of the Government’s broader efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Schools located in the following Public Health Unit regions can resume in-person instruction on January 11, 2021 for both elementary and secondary students:

  • The District of Algoma Health Unit
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Sudbury and District Health Unit
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit

For schools in all other Public Health Unit regions, elementary school students are planned to be able to return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021, and secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021, at which point they may resume in-person learning. During this period, child care centres, authorized recreational and skill building programs and home-based child care services will remain open. From January 4-8, 2021, when elementary students move to remote learning, before and after school programs will be closed and emergency child care for health care and frontline workers will be provided. As part of the government’s efforts to protect the most vulnerable, boards will be required to make provisions for continued in-person support for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning for whom remote learning is challenging.

“While our schools are not a source of rising community transmission, we can play an important part of the solution to save lives from COVID-19,” said Minister Lecce. “During this period, students will pivot to teacher-led online learning, with child care provided for our frontline workers. We are taking proactive and preventative action to protect schools following the holiday break to ensure kids can continue in-class learning — something we believe is so important — for the remainder of the year.”

The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government recognizes that small businesses impacted by these necessary public health measures will require additional support so they can continue serving their communities and employing people in Ontario once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. That is why the government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small business owners to help navigate this challenging period.

“Ontario’s business owners have shown remarkable resolve and ingenuity throughout the pandemic. They know better than anyone what they need to come through this very difficult time, so they can continue to serve and employ people in their communities,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant will provide significant financial support to eligible small business owners in addition to the other supports made available to our small business community.”

Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. Each small business will be able to use the support in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business. For example, some businesses will need support paying employee wages or rent, while others will need support maintaining their inventory.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Are required to close or significantly restrict services subject to the Provincewide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020;
  • Have less than 100 employees at the enterprise level; and
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown. The business must demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses.

Essential businesses that are allowed to remain open will not be eligible for this grant. More information about the Ontario Small Business Support Grant is available here. Further details, including how to apply, will be announced in January 2021.

Businesses that are impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown will also be eligible for the property tax and energy cost rebates. In November, the government launched a program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property tax and energy bills for businesses that are required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. These Ontario Small Business Support Grant rebates will continue to be available for businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown and earlier restrictions. Business can apply for the rebates here.


Quick Facts

  • Currently, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have increased by 74 per cent over the last four weeks and are more than 15 times higher than they were at the beginning of September. Intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy for COVID-19 has more than doubled over the last four weeks and is 20 times higher than at the beginning of September.
  • Ontario currently has 915 COVID-19 patients requiring acute care, 265 patients in ICU, with 152 on a ventilator.
  • Based on the latest modelling data, cases across the province are continuing to grow and the number of people requiring an intensive care bed is projected to rise well above 300 people within the next 10 days.
  • Some jurisdictions around the world, including those in Canada have implemented similar time-limited measures to respond to a dramatic resurgence in cases. Based on their experiences, measures of four to six weeks are expected to interrupt transmission of COVID-19 in Ontario.
  • Municipalities and local medical officers of health may have additional restrictions or targeted requirements in their region.
  • If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you have been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert App. Visit Ontario.ca/covidtest to find the nearest testing location.
  • The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is part of the Province’s more than $13.5 billion in support for people and jobs outlined in the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. It is also in addition to $4.8 billion to address critical areas to support a strong long-term recovery that helps workers, employers and communities get back on their feet, while building the foundation for recovery and growth.
  • To find the right supports, visit COVID-19: Support for People, which has information about the many available and free mental health services and supports.
  • To stay safe you can download the COVID Alert App free from the Apple and Google Play app stores.
  • To date, as part of the province’s COVID-19 immunization program, over 3,000 frontline health care workers have been vaccinated.
  • Schools continue to be safe, and according to data reported by school boards, as of Friday, December 18: approximately 99.64 per cent of students in Ontario have not reported a case of COVID-19; approximately 92 per cent of schools across the province have had either no cases or one case reported within the last 14 days; and approximately 80 per cent of schools do not have an case of COVID-19.

November 13, 2020
Do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


October 21, 2020
Statement from the Medical Officer of Health regarding Halloween
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


October 13, 2020
This year, it’s more important than ever to get the flu shot and reduce the spread of flu
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


September 30, 2020
Statement from the Medical Officer of Health regarding local COVID-19 Cases and Precautions
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


August 5, 2020
Public Health Order Will Help Enforce COVID-19 Self-Isolation Requirements
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


July 15, 2020
Expanded Instruction will Protect the Community as HPEPH Enters Stage 3
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


July 7, 2020
Face Coverings Required at Local Businesses, Beginning July 10
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health


May 20, 2020
Ontario Reduces Financial Barriers to Postsecondary Education
Government of Ontario


May 14, 2020
Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules to help international students and Canadian post-secondary institutions
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


April 22, 2020
Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


April 22, 2020
Support for students and recent graduates impacted by COVID-19
Department of Finance Canada


April 22, 2020
Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19
Office of the Prime Minister



February 23, 2020
Update #5: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada


February 21, 2020
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of repatriated Canadians from quarantine following 14-day stay at CFB Trenton
Public Health Agency of Canada


February 12, 2020
Ontario Confirms Resolved Case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Ministry of Health


February 9, 2020
Update from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health 

HPEPH has been working with the provincial Ministry of Health and the federal government to support the repatriation of Canadians from Hubei province in China. For more information about this process, including measures in place to protect the local community, please:


February 7, 2020
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for 2019 novel coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada

OTTAWA – On February 7, 2020, the Government of Canada repatriated Canadians and their families from Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV).


February 3, 2020
Update on the Government of Canada’s Response to Coronavirus

Today, the Government of Canada announced its plan to assist Canadians affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Last week, the Government announced that it secured a plane to help Canadians who requested assistance in departing Wuhan. Canadians returning from Wuhan will be housed at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton under quarantine and observationfor 14 days. Read more

–Neil Ellis, MP Bay of Quinte


February 2, 2020
Government of Canada evacuating Canadians from Wuhan, China

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today announced the Government of Canada’s plan to assist Canadians who have requested help in departing from Wuhan. Read more

–Global Affairs Canada


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