King’s Town Residents and COVID-19

King’s Town Residents,

As your City Councillor, I am supplying this information because the City of Kingston has declared a municipal public emergency related to the first community transmitted cases of COVID-19 in the Kingston area. This declaration is in line with a previous declaration by the Province and actions by the federal government.

Where to Get Your COVIV-19 Information

In this emergency it is very important that everyone get their information from reliable authoritative sources such Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health. Other credible resources are the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – U.S. National Public Health), PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada), or WHO (World Health Organization – UN).

To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Take these measures to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, or a tissue and not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
  • Clean objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and television remotes with regular household cleaner.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid large crowds. Reduce physical contact with others to break the pathways COVID-19 uses to move between people, such as shaking hands and direct contact.
  • Get your influenza vaccine.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone.
  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels
  • Avoid large crowds because COVID-19 is spread from person to person through close contact with others.

Well Being and Mental Health is an important part of your overall health.

Here are a few things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. When you are gathering information, use credible resources such as the CDC, PHAC, or WHO or
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Support others in your community. Check in on people who might be at higher risk. Show compassion.

A Great Thank You! – to all the essential workers out there in the many sectors who are still working on behalf of all of us during this COVID-19 emergency, including health care, City departments – including transit, garbage and recycling, police, and fire – and pharmacies, grocery stores, the Food Bank, housing, and volunteers in these and other areas and the many others who are acting safely and offering their kindness and compassion – Thank You All!

Keep Safe! Keep Well! – Rob

Rob Hutchison

Councillor – King’s Town District

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