How Can I Protect Myself and My Family?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Cough into your sleeve or elbow, or sneeze into a tissue, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Wash your hands after handling nose and throat secretions (e.g. after throwing out used facial tissues).
  • Avoid touching your face and clean hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially those that are high-touch areas.
  • Sanitize your dishes and utensils after use, either by running them through a dishwasher or using a bleach solution.
  • Do not share water bottles, straws, eating utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, toys or anything else that has been in contact with saliva, nose or throat secretions.
  • Avoid close contact with others that are sick. Maintain at least a 2 metre (6.5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • If you are sick, stay at home and keep yourself away from others.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
  • If you are sick and must visit a health care provider, call ahead or tell them right away when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to be seen.


If you have recently travelled, please self-isolate for 14days even without symptoms and reach out in the following order for support:

  • If you have concerns about your health or questions about COVID-19, please contact Public Health at (705) 743-1000 x401 or email at covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca
  • After hours you can call Telehealth toll-free at 1-866-797-0000
  • Do not call 911 unless you are experiencing a health emergency.
  • This will allow the team to have a plan in place to reduce exposing others and spreading the virus