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County launches new COVID-19 help line
A new toll-free County telephone line launched today to help connect seniors, vulnerable members of the community, and residents in self-isolation with essential services and volunteer delivery of vital supplies.
Residents can call 1-833-676-2148 from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday to speak directly with County staff, who can connect them with:
• Volunteer delivery of food and other essentials
• Critical community services
• Transportation options
• Sources of accurate and reliable public health information about the COVID-19 virus
“We are particularly concerned about seniors, community members with special needs and others who may not have the necessary supports to keep themselves stocked with essentials during this time,” says Councillor Ernie Margetson, the lead of a newly formed COVID-19 task team aimed at supporting seniors and others with accessibility issues.
“It’s imperative that residents follow the recommendations of public health officials, who are requesting self-isolation for recent travellers or anyone with symptoms, as well as asking all of us to limit our time in public spaces,” Councillor Margetson says.
The County Help Line has been established by the municipality as a centralized call centre where staff can take calls and coordinate actions, including dispatching volunteers to pick up and make essential deliveries.
How can you prepare yourself and home for Covid-19?
99.3 CountyFM takes a look at some of the items that should be found at home during any quarantine event and strategies to prevent the spreading of the infection.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES FOR SENIORS
Are you a senior citizen looking for a helping hand during this unusual time? Click the link below for the official “GUIDE TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR SENIORS IN ONTARIO”. Categories include active living, care-giving, finances, health & wellness, housing, long-term care homes, safety & security, transportation, government ID services and key contacts.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Did you know that not everyone in ‘The County’ is closed for business. Below is a list of local shops & essential services that are still open for business. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current and ongoing quarantine, some businesses may have altered their hours and/or their shopping policies. Call ahead of time if you would like any clarity before making the trip out.
AROUND THE HOUSE
According to Public Safety Canada, there are a number of essential items Canadians should keep in their homes in the event of an emergency.
Flashlights (with extra batteries)
Radio locked to 99.3 CountyFM (with extra batteries)
Extra keys for the home and vehicle
Cash, Travellers’ Cheques, Credit Card and loose change
Important family documents, (identification, insurance, bank records)
Candles, matches, and a lighter
Favourite Vintage and/or strain
The World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, issued 10 recommendations for how people can protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
Regularly washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based rub
Regularly cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant
Verify the information you’re receiving about the infection comes from reliable sources
Avoid travelling if you have a fever or cough
Make sure to sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue
Avoid crowded areas
If you are sick or feel unwell, stay home, sleep away from your family
Use different utensils than your family members
If you experience any unusual shortness of breath, immediately call your doctor and seek treatment
Discuss how to stay safe with your work, school or community group
Non-perishables: Rice, grains, pastas
Canned goods: Soups, vegetables, tomatoes, beans
Fruits: Oranges & Apples (will last longer when refrigerated)
Snacks: Chips, crackers, nuts,
Water: 2L PER person PER day
If prescriptions are running low, restock them, account for 30 days, just in case.
Any over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, cough suppressants, antihistamines, band-aids & first aid kit.
Feminine care products
Other animal supplies