COVID-19: Tips to stay healthy
The Ontario Ministry of Health has created a new tool to help people self-assess for COVID-19. Unless you are experiencing an emergency, please use this self-assessment tool before seeking medical help for possible COVID-19.
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms.
To help prevent the spread of all types of respiratory illnesses, including influenza, Hamilton Public Health recommends:
- wash your hands often with soap and water;
- avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm;
- avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth to prevent illness;
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and,
- get the flu shot, if you haven’t already done so.
All washrooms, consultation rooms, offices and rooms frequented by patients and visitors are cleaned regularly following provincial standards for cleaning in healthcare settings.
It’s safe for service providers and contractors to keep their normal routine at all our sites for the time being.
Hamilton Health Sciences is providing protective gear to prevent the spread of infection to staff and doctors, and making infection prevention and control staff available 24/7 to provide round-the-clock advice. Protective supplies are in high demand, and it is important that patients and families do not take hospital supplies home with them unless specifically instructed to do so.
A Psycho-Spiritual Practitioner is available through Paging at each site of HHS during daytime hours (0900 – 1700) to support patients, visitors and staff. Over the phone Psycho-Spiritual Care is available through Paging after hours from 1700 – 0900 daily, and throughout weekends. Full details.