If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 please call the THU COVID-19 line for additional screening and testing arrangements if applicable.
Si vous pensez avoir des symptômes de COVID-19, veuillez appeler notre ligne de COVID-19 pour une évaluation et pour voir si vous avez besoin un test de dépistage. 

 705-647-4305, Ext./poste 7  |  1-866-747-4305, Ext./poste 7

Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   |   Saturday and Sunday - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
lundi  au vendredi - 8h30 à 16h30   |   samedi et dimanche - 9h à 12h


On this page:

  1. Current situation in Timiskaming
    1. Epidemiology Update
  2. Services at THU
  3. What THU is doing to respond to COVID-19
  4. When should you call THU? (Symptoms) 
  5. Travel outside of Timiskaming 
  6. Transportation guidance for taxi services, volunteer drivers, and passengers 
  7. Physical Distancing 
  8. Safer Participation  |  Une participation plus sûre pendant COVID-19
  9. Information for individuals and families
    1. How to self-isolate
    2. How to self-monitor
    3. Self-isolation guide for caregivers
    4. What is physical (social) distancing?
    5. 30 Days of Outdoor Play Challenge  |  Défi 30 jours de jeux en plein air
    6. Outdoor Physical Activity 
  10. Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19
  11. Food security for Timiskaming communities
  12. Community Supports 
  13. Mental Health and COVID-19
  14. COVID-19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use | COVID-19 et usage D’ALCOOL et de CANNABIS 
  15. Personal Protective Equipment
    1. Wearing masks
  16. Information for municipalities
  17. Allotment and Community Gardens | Jardins Communautaire
  18. Information for employers
    1. Ontario resources to and prevent COVID-19 in the workplace  |  Ressources pour prévenir la COVID-19 dans les lieux de travail
  19. Information for childcare
  20. Short-term Rentals, Cabins and Cottages
  21. Information for Smokers and Tobacco Users | Information pour les fumeurs et les consommateurs de tabac
  22. Connexion Timiskaming Connections Volunteer Line  | Ligne de bénévoles
  23. Immunization/Vaccines for school-aged children (during COVID-19)  |  Immunisations/vaccins pour les enfants d'âge scolaire (pendant COVID-19)
  24. Credible sources for information

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn about how the Ontario Ministry of Health is preparing for the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after you travel and how to recognize possible symptoms.

Get Information from Ontario Ministry of Health  

 

Current Situation in Timiskaming

Timiskaming Health Unit is actively monitoring the situation and providing public health guidance to the public, returning travelers, local health professionals, and local employers. 

Positive cases of COVID-19 in the Timiskaming district:

Case #
Numéro de cas
Age
Âge
Gender
Sexe
Exposure Category
Renseignements sur l’exposition
Tested
Date du test
Status
Statut
1 30s Male Contact of a confirmed case outside our district 2020-03-18 Resolved
2 30s Female Contact of a confirmed case 2020-03-24 Resolved
3 50s Female Contact of a confirmed case 2020-03-31 Resolved
4 50s Male Contact of a confirmed case 2020-04-01 Resolved
5 Late teens Male Contact of a confirmed case 2020-04-01 Resolved
6 60s  Male  Contact of a confirmed case  2020-04-01  Resolved
70s  Female  Contact of a confirmed case  2020-04-01  Resolved 
8 70s  Female  Contact of a confirmed case outside our district  2020-04-07  Resolved
20s  Male  Contact of a confirmed case outside our district  2020-04-10  Resolved
10  20s  Female  Community exposure 2020-04-09  Resolved
11  20s Female  Community exposure  2020-04-13  Resolved 
12 20s  Female  Contact of a confirmed case  2020-04-14  Resolved
13 60s Male Institutional outbreak 2020-04-27 Resolved 
14 90s Female Institutional outbreak 2020-04-27 Resolved
15 50s Female Institutional outbreak 2020-04-27 Resolved
16 Late teens Female Institutional outbreak 2020-04-28 Resolved
17 20s Female Institutional outbreak 2020-04-28 Resolved
18 20s Female Institutional outbreak 2020-04-28 Resolved

(Updated May 13, 2020 @ 4:06 p.m.)

Summary of COVID-19 situation in the Timiskaming district:

Tests submitted locally
Tests soumis à l'échelle locale
2311    
Positive COVID-19 cases to date
Cas d'infection à COVID-19 jusqu'à présent
18 Positive cases resolved
Cas d'infection - RÉSOLUS 
18
Negative COVID-19 cases to date
Cas COVID-19 négatifs jusqu'à present
2248   
Pending Results
Résultats en attente

45 

   

(Updated on June 5 at 3:22 p.m.)

Summary of Long Term Care and Retirement Home Surveillance Initiative: (numbers below are also included in chart above)

Tests submitted locally
Tests soumis à l'échelle locale
868    
Positive COVID-19 cases to date
Cas d'infection à COVID-19 jusqu'à présent
6 Positive cases resolved
Cas d'infection - RÉSOLUS 
6
Negative COVID-19 cases to date
Cas COVID-19 négatifs jusqu'à present
868  
Pending Results
Résultats en attente
0    
(Updated on May 28 at 3:46 p.m.) 

Epidemiology Update  

For additional information, see the weekly Timiskaming Health Unit COVID-19 Epidemiology Update  (Week of June 1)

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Services at THU 

To continue protecting the health of our clients and staff, and to allow us to offer essential public health services in the community, THU is modifying our approach to services. Please check back often as this list may change daily.

If you are looking for service from THU, please call first.

Kirkland Lake and Temiskaming Shores offices are open but doors are locked. Clients will be screened before entering. Englehart THU office is currently closed.

In Office Client Services:

Health Protection: 

  • Food premise inspections: shifted to complaint based follow-up 
  • Tobacco/Vape Inspections: shifted to complaint based follow-up
  • Adverse Water Quality Incidents (AWQI) will be followed up on
  • Animal bite exposure will be followed up on
  • Private well water testing will be postponed in the Englehart office, New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake will continue at this time
  • Outbreak and reportable diseases: continuing

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:  

  • Breastfeeding support: available by phone 
  • Parenting groups in collaboration with partnering agencies postponed
  • HBHC Blended Family Home Visiting: postponed (telephone visits where possible)
  • Some health promotion work with partners continuing if capacity allows, encouraging virtual meetings and social distancing

Thank you for working together to protect those most vulnerable.

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What Timiskaming Health Unit is doing to respond to novel coronavirus

THU is closely monitoring the global situation and working alongside stakeholders to coordinate activities at a local, provincial, and national level with the assistance of health care professionals and other agencies.

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When should I call the Timiskaming Health Unit?

Anybody who has any of the following symptoms should call the THU COVID-19 line for additional screening and testing arrangements if applicable. 

Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever (37.8 or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat 
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are NOT someone who is described above and you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please read the information on our website. If you don’t find the answer, please check back frequently or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. 

Hours

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 

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Travel outside of Timiskaming

To limit the spread of COVID-19, Timiskaming Health Unit recommends that all Timiskaming residents limit non-essential travel outside the district. Examples of essential travel include medical/health related reasons, and/or work related for essential employees.  In addition, we ask that you avoid traveling to any area with a high number of COVID-19 cases (PHO Daily Epi Report). 

If you do have essential travel needs outside the district, and have COVID-19 symptoms when you return, please self-isolate immediately and call the Timiskaming Health Unit @ 1-866-747-4305 for additional screening and testing arrangements.

If you return from outside the district and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you consider self-isolating if you have travelled to a high risk area (PHO Daily Epi Report), otherwise self-monitor for 14 days while you continue to go about your regular routines.  If symptoms do occur please self-isolate immediately and call the Timiskaming Health Unit @ 1-866-747-4305 for additional screening and testing arrangements. 

These measures will help stop the community spread of COVID-19 in our district. 

Welcome home. Stay home

Please help us share these important health messages to reach as many in our community as possible:

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Transportation guidance for taxi services, volunteer drivers, and passengers 

Taxis and rideshares are an essential service to many people in Timiskaming District. The following recommendations are intended to help taxi and rideshare employers, drivers, vehicle owners, and passengers reduce the risk of community exposure to respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Transportation GuidanceGuidance for Passengers

Les services de taxi et de covoiturage sont des services essentiels pour bon nombre de personnes dans le district du Timiskaming. Les recommandations suivantes visent à aider les employeurs, les chauffeurs, les propriétaires de véhicules et les passagers des services de taxi et de covoiturage à réduire le risque d’exposition communautaire aux maladies respiratoires, dont la COVID-19. Conseils pour les Services de Taxi, les Conducteurs Bénévoles  | Recommandations pour les Passagers

 

Physical Distancing

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Timiskaming Health Unit is recommending we all do our part and follow physical distancing guidelines.

Public Gatherings

Do not gather in groups of more than 5 people. This is part of the Ontario government’s emergency order and is enforceable by law.  

At present, THU recommends people stay within their social bubble as the safest measure. However, if you are in contact with others, please follow all public health recommendations, which include:

Organizations that can take advantage of virtual options to continue providing services are strongly encouraged to do so.

For up-to-date information on school closures visit the Ministry of Education website.

For information about community events or services impacted by COVID-19, please consult your local municipality or individual event organizers of service providers. 

What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing means limiting the number of people you come into close contact with and distancing from each other to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person. What is social distancing? Infographic

Why is physical distancing important?

When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the novel coronavirus, if the person coughing has the disease (COVID-19) (WHO, 2019). COVID-19 can also be spread via direct contact with surfaces that are potentially contaminated with the virus. Practicing physical distancing slows the spread!

How to practice physical distancing

Avoid crowded spaces and stay two metres apart from others when you will be in public areas.

  • You should cancel all group gatherings greater than 5 people and do not introduce new people into your physical social group at this time.
  • Avoid shopping at peak hours.
  • Keep up-to-date with current closures.
  • Avoid physical contact with others (for example, no handshakes).
  • Ask your employer about options to work from home, if possible. If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person.
  • When spending time outside, go to settings where people can maintain a two-metre (6 feet) of distance from each other. 
  • Practise physical (social) distancing  | Pratiquer la distanciation physique (sociale)

Key recommendations to protect the most vulnerable include:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, or if you are not experiencing symptoms, but have had close contact with a confirmed case, stay home.
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, you are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. (The exception is for workers who are part of workplaces that are essential to daily living. These individuals are asked to self-monitor for 14 days.)
  • If you begin to feel unwell (fever, new cough, or difficulty breathing) you are being asked to return home, self-isolate and seek clinical assessment over the phone.
  • Limiting contact with vulnerable individuals, such as those who are at higher risk of negative health impacts (individuals who are ill or have poor health, elderly people, etc.). For example, avoid visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices, and other congregate care settings unless your visit is essential. Vulnerable individuals should also limit their exposure to crowded places.
  • If you are over 70 years of age or immunocompromised, you are advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Separating from others and, if you are at higher risk, avoiding contact with those who might be more likely to transmit the disease, such as small children.

These guidelines do NOT mean “you must stay in your home.” Physical distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Connecting with others using the key points above means that you can safely interact with others, if even virtually. For example, you can connect using technology or go outside to take a walk. 

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Safer Participation during COVID-19  |  Une participation plus sûre pendant COVID-19

Timiskaming Health Unit stands in support of racial equality. People may be drawn out in peaceful demonstration at this time and that this could put them at risk of exposure to COVID-19. We encourage anyone exercising their rights to demonstrate peacefully do so COVID-safely and take precautions to protect your health, and the health of families, friends and communities during the pandemic. With that in mind, we’re sharing important safety messages. Social media and virtual protests remain the safest way to have your voice heard. If you chose to gather in-person at any organized demonstrations, please take steps to keep yourself and others safe (PDF).

Les services de santé du Timiskaming soutiennent l’égalité raciale. Des gens puissent être portés à sortir pour participer à une manifestation pacifique en ce moment et que cela risque de les exposer à la COVID-19. Nous encourageons toute personne qui exerce son droit de manifester pacifiquement à le faire en songeant à la COVID et à prendre des précautions pour protéger sa santé et celle des familles, des amis et des collectivités pendant la pandémie. C’est pourquoi nous transmettons d’importants messages sur la sécurité. Les médias sociaux et les protestations virtuelles demeurent le moyen le plus sûr de vous exprimer. Si vous avez choisi de participer à un rassemblement en personne à l’une ou l’autre des manifestations organisées, veuillez prendre les mesures pour assurer votre sécurité et celle des autres  (PDF).

Information for individuals and families

  • Self-isolation guide for caregivers
     
  • What is social distancing 
     
  • Practise physical (social) distancing  |  Pratiquer la distanciation physique (sociale) 
     
  • 30 Days of Outdoor Play Challenge
    Even with current restrictions from COVID-19, playing outside is good for you and your family! Playgrounds and sports fields are closed, but your backyard isn’t! Help your family get active by playing outside every day in your backyard or neighborhood. Enjoy the fresh air with those living in your household, stay 2 metres away from others and wash your hands when you go back indoors. 

    We’re challenging you to join in our outdoor play challenge! Click the link and join in the fun!
     
    Défi 30 jours de jeux en plein air
    Malgré les restrictions relatives à la COVID-19, les jeux en plein air sont bons pour vous et votre famille! Les terrains de jeux et les terrains de sport sont fermés, mais pas votre cour! Aidez votre famille à faire de l’activité physique en jouant dehors tous les jours, dans votre cour ou dans votre quartier. Profitez de l’air frais avec les membres de votre ménage; restez à deux mètres de distance des autres; et lavez-vous les mains quand vous rentrez chez vous.

    Nous vous invitons à participer au défi de jeux en plein air! Cliquez sur le lien et amusez-vous avec nous!  

Outdoor Physical Activity

Physical activity and getting fresh air are important for our overall physical and mental wellness. When staying home and keeping physical distance, there are still some ways to be active and get outside.

Our neighbourhood sidewalks, streets, and multiuse paths are all still available to get outside and get moving. When doing these activities, some ways to stay safe:

  • Step-aside or pass others quickly and courteously on sidewalks. Passing someone on the sidewalk is not considered a close contact or a significant risk for exposure to COVID-19.
  • Keep 2 metres distance from others;
  • When moving at a fast pace (such as when running or cycling), it is best to stay as far away from others as possible;
  • If you must be behind another runner or cyclist, stay well back and try to stagger yourselves so as to not be directly behind them;
  • Change your route or the time of day that you go out, so that you can follow these guidelines.

Physical Activity 101Activité physique 101

Staying Active Outdoors During COVID-19 | Activité physique en plein air pendant la pandémie de COVID-19

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Il est important pour notre mieux-être mental et physique général de faire de l’activité physique et de prendre l’air. Lorsque l’on reste à la maison et que l’on maintient une distance physique, il est encore possible d’être actif et de sortir. 

Les trottoirs, les rues et les sentiers à usages multiples de nos quartiers sont toujours disponibles pour sortir et bouger. Voici quelques conseils pour rester en sécurité lors de ces activités : 

  • Faites un pas de côté ou dépassez les autres rapidement et de manière courtoise sur les trottoirs. Dépasser une personne sur le trottoir n’est pas considéré comme un contact étroit ou un risque important d’exposition à la COVID-19.
  • Maintenez une distance de 2 mètres avec les autres personnes.
  • Lorsque l'on se déplace à un rythme rapide (par exemple en courant ou en faisant du vélo), il est préférable de rester aussi loin que possible des autres ;
  • Si vous devez être derrière un autre coureur ou cycliste, restez bien en arrière et essayez de vous décalez pour ne pas être directement derrière lui ;
  • Modifiez votre trajet ou le moment de la journée où vous sortez, afin de pouvoir suivre ces directives.
     

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Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 

Timiskaming Health Unit service area is located on the territories of many Indigenous peoples, and provides services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit, Anishnaabe, Cree living in urban and rural communities.

Support for Indigenous Peoples during COVID-19

We acknowledge that Indigenous people may benefit from accessing information related to COVID-19 from Indigenous organizations that are supporting community members living in urban and rural areas in response the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 information from Indigenous organizations:

Food Security for Timiskaming Communities

The situation we are facing with COVID-19 is unique. Understandably, the response can be overwhelming and, at times, it may be hard to know what to do to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Measures to protect our population from COVID-19 include making sure people are ready in case the illness spreads largely in our communities.

To help guide our decisions around purchasing and to ensure there is enough food for all in our communities, we have provided some recommendations. This includes information about available local food banks services.

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Community Supports

On this page you will find links to community resources including: community safety supports, mental wellbeing and crisis line services, mental health online supports, help related to substance use and harm reduction, food hamper services, community Facebook groups, and the COVID-19 Volunteer Line. 

 

Mental Health and COVID-19

It is normal for situations like Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to affect your mental health. Everyone will experience these events in their own way. It is completely natural to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies.

Below is a listing of Mental Health Resources available to you. 

If you are in crisis, please contact the Timiskaming Crisis Response Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 1-888-665-8888.

If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1.

Telephone Supports:

Online Mental Health Resources

For information on how to cope with and reduce stress and anxiety, how to talk to our children about COVID-19, and how to support yourself as well as your loved ones' mental health, please visit:

For an online peer to peer support community for your mental health, please visit:

During these times, it is important to take care of yourself too! Here are some mental health tips to cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Practicing social (physical) distancing doesn’t mean to disconnect. Connect virtually with friends and family, use email, phone, or your preferred social media platforms to connect. 
  2. While staying at home as much as possible, try to maintain a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating, sleep, and exercise. 
  3. Avoid using substances to deal with your emotions. If you are feeling overwhelmed talk to a health worker or counsellor.
  4. Get your information from reliable sources, and limit the amount of time you spend watching or listening to media coverage. 
  5. Use the skills you have used in the past that have helped you manage life’s challenges. 

WHO Factsheet on Coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak Faire face au stress durant la flambée de maladie à coronavirus COVID-19

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COVID-19, Alcohol and Cannabis Use | COVID-19 et usage D’ALCOOL et de CANNABIS

During COVID-19, people may increase their alcohol and cannabis use. Where to get help

Les gens peuvent recourirs à l’alcool et le cannabis pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. Où trouver de l'aide
 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for health care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.

Wearing a non-medical mask (for example a homemade cloth mask) in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it. 

Wearing a non-medical mask is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms. It can be useful for short periods of time, when physical distancing is not possible in public settings such as when grocery shopping or using public transit.

Wearing a non-medical mask is another way to cover your mouth and nose to prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating others or landing on surfaces. A mask can reduce the chance that others are coming into contact with your respiratory droplets.

If wearing a non-medical mask makes you feel safer and stops you from touching your nose and mouth, that is also good. But remember not to touch or rub your eyes.

Information for Municipalities

Evidence and Promising Practices for Management of Outdoor Recreation and Active Travel Spaces during COVID-19: A guidance document for municipalities in Timiskaming 

Signage for Public Spaces

 

Allotment and Community Gardens (français)

On April 25, 2020, allotment or community gardens were added to the list of essential services that can operate during the emergency measures set out for COVID-19. The amendment to O. Reg. 104/20 now requires that:

“Any person who uses allotment gardens or community gardens shall do so in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.”

Timiskaming Health Unit has the following recommendations to ensure the safe operation of community gardens in 2020. These recommendations have incorporated suggestions from the Ontario Ministry of Health on the safe use of community gardens.

Recommendations for Allotment and Community Garden Coordinators to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19:

  • Seek approval from garden landowner for permission to operate in 2020.
  • Develop an operation plan specific to each garden that includes a section on infection prevention taking into account garden-specific factors such as the size of the gardens, the layout of the gardens, the proximity of plots to each other, the common areas and amenities on site, and if there are special provisions or restrictions for gardeners at risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Limit the number of gardeners at each garden site to a number that will permit adequate physical distancing. Consider scheduling gardener access to prevent too many people being at the garden at one time.
  • Permit access to gardeners for the purpose of planting, maintenance and harvesting food only.
  • Do not plan or host events at the garden that bring people together to the site.
  • Consult your local public health inspector for feedback or to answer any questions. Landowners may also want to view a copy of this plan to provide feedback and approval.
  • Send a copy of the final 2020 garden operational plan to all gardeners so they can assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and permit those who do not wish to follow the plan or garden this year to opt out of gardening this year.
  • Update the list of current registered members, staff and volunteers, and track those who have agreed to participate under COVID-19 policies and protocols. This may assist with communication, close-contact tracing if required, etc.
  • Post signage stating that only registered gardeners, staff and volunteers are permitted to use the garden plots. Include who to contact at the garden if there are questions or suggestions for improved operation or infection prevention.
  • Provide resources to gardeners so they are aware of steps they need to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their gardens including:
    • how to safely share gardening materials and tools,
    • how to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as hoses, door/gate handles, tools, etc., and
    • if feasible, provide soap and water for cleaning and hand washing and an approved disinfectant for disinfection of commonly touched surfaces.  If you are providing products have original labels and are stored properly to prevent spills and accidental poisonings.
  • Post clear, visible signage at all garden entrances reminding registered members, staff and volunteers about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and where to seek assistance if they have symptoms (Timiskakming Health Unit [1-866-747-4305], or health care provider). Resources and posters are available online at THU website info in French and English that address topics such as handwashing, cough etiquette, and physical distancing.
  • Place clear, visible signage throughout the garden — especially locations where shared equipment, tools, etc. are located — reminding registered members, staff and volunteers of the requirements that must be followed when using the garden to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Recommendations for Gardeners at Community Gardens to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus in outdoor settings like community gardens is lower than indoors -- this includes the risk of human-to-human spread and from the risk from contaminated surfaces. Distancing is usually easier to maintain outdoors, there is more air circulation, and there is UV sunlight. In addition, we know that virus survives for less time on surfaces that are not smooth, and that UV light kills all SARS coronavirus in 60 minutes. For more general and updated information on COVID-19 visit our page.

  • Be aware that in addition to maintaining a minimum of 2-meter distance from all others, good hand hygiene is very important to protect yourself and others from infection both indoors and outdoors.
  • Conduct a COVID-19 health self-assessment each day before attending the garden to ensure you are not ill. Should self-assessments indicate they should self-isolate or seek medical advice, gardeners must not go to the garden until the issue is resolved.
  • Practice good personal hygiene practices such as washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your arm, and not touching your face (mouth, nose, or eyes) unless you have washed your hands immediately before. Washed hands are the best protection against accidentally transferring virus to your mouth, nose or eyes where infection can get started. Wash hands as soon as possible before and after gardening at the site. If hands are visibly soiled, handwashing with soap and water is preferred, but hand sanitizer can be effective if dirt is removed from hands first.
  • Use your own garden gloves and bring them home to wash with soap and clean water after each use. Always wash your hands thoroughly immediately after taking off your gloves.
  • Practice physical distancing from others in the garden:
    • stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others to limit the number of people you come in close contact with, except members of your household who are gardening.
    • limit the number of gardeners at each plot. Allow only 1 or 2 gardeners per garden plot. Having more than 1 or 2 gardeners will make it more difficult to maintain at least 2 meters from all other people and would be unfair to other gardeners.
  • Minimize the use of shared tools and consider cleaning and disinfecting tools that are shared. Not touching your face and washing hands after gardening are protective of infection spread from contaminated surfaces.
  • The normal practice of wearing gardening gloves combined with not touching your face and washing hands after gardening are protective of infection spread from contaminated surfaces.
  • Consider wearing a non-medical face mask (i.e. cloth masks) when physical distancing is difficult, to protect others from the spread of droplets generated by breathing, talking, coughing, sneezing, etc.
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible after touching commonly touched surfaces in the garden. Remember that you cannot rely on a surface being clean when you touch it – always wash your hands before touching any part of your face even if you think a surface you have touched is clean.
  • Consider bringing soap and water and a disinfectant with you to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces prior to use and ideally after touching them. Commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19. The following cleaning and disinfection recommendations aim to reduce the risks associated with surface transmission. Surfaces should first be cleaned with soap and water and then disinfected.
  • Follow recommendations from Public Health Ontario on Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings, consult Public Health Ontario’s fact sheet on Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings, as well as read the specific label instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure products are properly prepared and applied; allowed adequate contact time for the disinfectant to kill germs; and that the person preparing and applying them is wearing gloves and any additional recommended personal protective equipment.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running tap water as per normal when preparing foods. Always wash your hands with soap and water before washing fruits and veggies and between handling different kinds of foods. Visit Ottawa Public Health’s Keeping foods safe (clean, cook, chill, separate) for more information.


Jardin Communautaires

Le 25 avril 2020, les jardins familiaux ou communautaires sont venus s’ajouter à la liste des services essentiels qui peuvent être assurés dans le cadre de l’application des mesures d’urgence adoptées pour la COVID-19. La modification apportée au Règlement de l’Ontario 104/20 prévoit que désormais :

« Les personnes qui utilisent des jardins familiaux ou des jardins communautaires doivent respecter les conseils, recommandations et instructions des fonctionnaires de la santé publique, y compris leurs conseils, recommandations ou instructions concernant la distanciation physique, le nettoyage et la désinfection. »

Voici les recommandations des services de santé du Timiskaming pour veiller à la sécurité du fonctionnement des jardins communautaires en 2020. Ces recommandations reprennent les suggestions du ministère de la Santé de l’Ontario sur l’utilisation sécuritaire des jardins communautaires. 

Recommandations pour les coordonnateurs et les coordonnatrices des jardins familiaux et communautaires afin de réduire la propagation de la COVID-19

  • Demander l’approbation du propriétaire des jardins pour avoir la permission de se servir des jardins en 2020.
  • Élaborer, pour chaque jardin, un plan d’exploitation prévoyant une section sur la prévention des infections en tenant compte des facteurs propres aux jardins, par exemple la superficie des jardins, leur aménagement, la proximité des lots les uns par rapport aux autres, les zones communes et les commodités sur les lieux, ainsi que les dispositions ou les restrictions particulières qui pourraient s’appliquer aux jardiniers risquant d’attraper la COVID-19.
    • Limiter le nombre de jardiniers sur les lieux de chaque jardin à un nombre qui permettra de respecter la distanciation physique voulue. Tenir compte de la programmation des droits d’accès des jardiniers pour éviter qu’il y ait trop de personnes à la fois dans les jardins.
    • Permettre aux jardiniers d’avoir accès aux jardins pour la plantation, l’entretien et la récolte des produits alimentaires exclusivement.
    • Ne pas planifier ni organiser, dans les jardins, d’événements réunissant de nombreuses personnes sur les lieux.
  • Faire parvenir le plan opérationnel de 2020 au services de santé du Timiskaming pour commentaires ou si vous avez des questions. Il se peut aussi que les propriétaires fonciers veuillent consulter un exemplaire de ce plan pour faire des commentaires et l’approuver.
  • Faire parvenir un exemplaire du plan opérationnel final des jardins de 2020 à tous les jardiniers pour qu’ils puissent collaborer à la prévention de la propagation de la COVID 19 et permettre à ceux et celles qui ne souhaitent pas suivre le plan ni jardiner cette année de se désengager de leur obligation. 
  • Mettre à jour la liste des membres, des employés et des bénévoles inscrits à l’heure actuelle et faire un suivi de ceux qui se sont engagés à participer à l’application des politiques et des protocoles de la COVID-19, ce qui pourrait aider les efforts de communication et le pistage nécessaire des contacts rapprochés, entre autres.
  • Poser des panneaux indicateurs précisant que seuls les jardiniers, employés et bénévoles inscrits sont autorisés à cultiver les lots. Tenir compte des personnes ressources à contacter dans les jardins s’il y a des questions ou des suggestions pour améliorer le fonctionnement des jardins ou la prévention des infections.
  • Offrir des ressources aux jardiniers pour qu’ils soient au courant des mesures qu’ils doivent prendre afin de prévenir la propagation de la COVID-19 dans leur jardin, notamment :
    • les précautions à prendre pour s’échanger en toute sécurité les matériaux et outils de jardinage;
    • les mesures à prendre pour nettoyer et désinfecter les surfaces fréquemment touchées comme les tuyaux de jardin, les poignées de porte et de clôture et les outils, entre autres;
    • dans la mesure du possible, prévoir du savon et de l’eau pour le nettoyage et pour se laver les mains, ainsi qu’un désinfectant approuvé pour la désinfection des surfaces couramment touchées. Si vous fournissez des produits, gardez les étiquettes d’origine et rangez les correctement pour éviter qu’ils se déversent et pour prévenir les risques d’empoisonnement accidentel.
  • Poser des panneaux indicateurs évidents et bien en vue dans toutes les entrées des jardins pour rappeler aux membres, aux employés et aux bénévoles inscrits les signes et les symptômes de la COVID-19 et les endroits où ils peuvent s’adresser pour demander de l’aide s’ils ont ces symptômes (outil d’autoévaluation de l’Ontario, professionnel de la santé ou Télésanté Ontario [1-866-797-0000]). Des ressources et des affiches sont publiées en ligne sur le site SantéPubliqueOttawa.ca/Coronavirus dans différentes langues et portent sur les questions comme le lavage des mains, le protocole à suivre si on tousse et la distanciation physique.
  • Poser des panneaux indicateurs évidents et bien en vue partout dans les jardins — surtout dans les endroits où il y a des biens d’équipement et des outils communs, entre autres — en rappelant aux membres, aux employés et aux bénévoles inscrits les exigences à respecter quand ils cultivent les jardins, afin de prévenir la transmission de la COVID-19.

Recommandations pour les jardiniers dans les jardins communautaires afin de prévenir la propagation de la COVID-19

Le risque de propager le virus de la COVID-19 dans les milieux en plein air comme les jardins communautaires est moindre qu’à l’intérieur. Il s’agit entre autres du risque de propagation d’humain à humain et du risque que posent les surfaces contaminées. Il est généralement plus facile de respecter la distanciation en plein air, la circulation de l’air est meilleure, et le soleil émet des rayons ultraviolets. En outre, nous savons que le virus survit moins longtemps sur les surfaces qui ne sont pas lisses et que les rayons ultraviolets tuent en 60 minutes tous les coronavirus du SRAS. Pour des renseignements plus généraux et actualisés sur la COVID-19, veuillez consulter notre page.

  • Il faut savoir qu’en plus de respecter une distance d’au moins 2 mètres les uns par rapport aux autres, il est très important d’avoir une bonne hygiène des mainspour se protéger et pour protéger les autres contre l’infection, à l’intérieur et en plein air.
  • Prévoir une autoévaluation de la COVID-19 chaque jour avant de se présenter dans les jardins pour s’assurer qu’on n’est pas malade. Si l’autoévaluation révèle qu’il faut s’auto-isoler ou consulter un médecin, il ne faut pas se rendre dans les jardins tant que le problème n’est pas réglé.
  • Appliquer de saines pratiques d’hygiène personnelle, par exemple en se lavant les mains, en toussant ou en éternuant dans le coude et en s’abstenant de se toucher le visage (la bouche, le nez ou les yeux) tant qu’on ne s’est pas lavé les mains aussitôt avant. Le lavage des mains est la meilleure protection contre le transfert accidentel du virus à la bouche, au nez ou aux yeux, qui sont les points d’accès de l’infection. Lavez vous les mains le plus tôt possible avant et après avoir jardiné. S’il est évident que les mains sont sales, il est préférable de les laver avec du savon et de l’eau; toutefois, le produit assainisseur à mains peut être efficace si on enlève d’abord la saleté.
  • Se servir de ses propres gants de jardinage et les apporter chez soi pour les laver avec du savon et de l’eau propre chaque fois qu’on s’en est servi. Toujours bien se laver les mains aussitôt après avoir enlevé les gants.
  • Respecter la distanciation sociale par rapport aux autres personnes dans les jardins :
    o garder une distance d’au moins 2 mètres (6 pieds) par rapport aux autres afin de limiter le nombre de personnes avec lesquelles on est en contact rapproché, sauf les membres de votre ménage qui jardinent en même temps;
    • limiter le nombre de jardiniers dans chaque jardin. Il ne doit y avoir qu’un ou 2 jardiniers par lot de jardin. S’il y a plus de 1 ou 2 jardiniers, il est plus difficile de respecter une distance d’au moins 2 mètres par rapport aux autres, et la situation devient injuste pour les autres jardiniers.
  • Envisager de réduire le plus possible l’utilisation des outils communs et nettoyer et désinfecter les outils partagés avec d’autres.
  • La pratique normale qui consiste à porter des gants de jardinage et à s’abstenir de se toucher le visage et à se laver les mains après avoir jardiné sont des mesures de protection contre la propagation de l’infection causée par les surfaces contaminées.
  • Envisager de porter un masque non médical, par exemple les masques en tissu, quand il est difficile de respecter le principe de la distanciation physique, afin de protéger les autres contre la propagation des gouttelettes quand on expire, que l’on parle, que l’on tousse ou que l’on éternue, entre autres.
  • Se laver les mains le plus tôt possible après avoir touché des surfaces couramment touchées dans les jardins. Se rappeler qu’on ne peut pas présumer qu’une surface est propre quand on la touche : il faut toujours se laver les mains avant de se toucher une partie du visage, quelle qu’elle soit, même si on pense qu’une surface que l’on a touchée est propre.
  • Penser à apporter du savon et de l’eau et un produit désinfectant pour nettoyer et désinfecter les surfaces couramment touchées avant de s’en servir et, idéalement, après les avoir touchées. Les produits de nettoyage et de désinfection couramment utilisés sont efficaces contre la COVID-19. Les recommandations suivantes sur le nettoyage et la désinfection visent à réduire les risques liés à la transmission par les surfaces. Il faut d’abord nettoyer les surfaces avec du savon et de l’eau, puis les désinfecter.
    • Suivre les recommandations de Santé publique Ontario sur le nettoyage et la désinfection des lieux publics, consulter la fiche d’information de Santé publique Ontario sur le nettoyage et la désinfection des lieux publics et lire les instructions de l’étiquette du fabricant pour s’assurer que les produits sont bien préparés et appliqués; prévoir un temps de contact suffisant pour le produit désinfectant afin de permettre de tuer les germes; enfin, s’assurer que la personne qui prépare et applique les produits porte des gants et tout l’équipement supplémentaire recommandé de protection individuelle.
  • Bien laver les fruits et les légumes à l’eau courante du robinet comme on le fait normalement dans la préparation des aliments. Toujours se laver les mains avec du savon et de l’eau avant de laver les fruits et les légumes et avant et après avoir manipulé différents types de produits alimentaires. Consulter le site Garder les aliments sécuritaires (nettoyez, cuisez, réfrigérez, séparez) de Santé publique Ottawa pour de plus amples renseignements.
     

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Information for Childcare 

Timiskaming Heath Unit acknowledges the importance and need for ongoing child care and is aware that there are many unlicensed child care options in our district (i.e. friends, family, private and licensed home child cares). The situation with COVID – 19 is changing quickly. In order to protect the health of our community, we strongly recommend the following to all those providing child care.

At the beginning of each day, all children, staff, parents and visitors should be asked the following questions upon arrival. Anyone who answers “yes” to one or both, of these questions should be advised that they cannot attend. Those who answer “no” to both questions are eligible to attend for the day.

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever/feverish, a new or existing cough, or difficulty breathing
  2. Have you traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?

Resources for Childcare |  Ressources pour la garde d’enfants

Timiskaming Health Unit (THU) is providing updates to the community as necessary. Please watch for these and share communications developed by THU to ensure consistent and current information. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We now have a dedicated COVID-19 communication line for community use, by calling our regular number and following the prompts. 

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Short-term Rentals, Cabins and Cottages

The Timiskaming Health Unit would like to inform you of regulatory changes affecting short term rentals, cabins and cottages.

Effective at 12:01am June 5, 2020 lodges, cabins, cottages and other shared rental accommodations are permitted to open, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses are to remain closed at this time.
  • Restaurants dining rooms remain closed to visitors, however take-out or delivery is still permitted.

Ontario has released safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. Sector-specific guidelines can be found here

Tourism and Hospitality Industry:

For those operating a regulated small drinking water system, O. Reg. 319 still applies and all applicable water sampling and monitoring must take place where indicated in the site-specific Directive issued by your Public Health Inspector. 

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Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection? | Les fumeurs et les consommateurs de tabac sont-ils exposés à un risque accru de contracter la COVID-19 ?

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.

Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.

Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.

To get telephone-based smoking cessation support, and advice, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, call Telehealth Ontario toll free at 1-866-797-0000. Smokers Helpline

 

Les fumeurs sont sans doute plus vulnérables face à la COVID-19 car lorsque l'on fume, les doigts (et potentiellement les cigarettes contaminées) sont en contact avec les lèvres, ce qui augmente la possibilité de transmission du virus de la main à la bouche. En outre, les fumeurs pourraient déjà être atteints d'une affection respiratoire ou présenter une capacité pulmonaire insuffisante, ce qui augmenterait considérablement le risque de maladie grave.

Les produits du tabac tels que les pipes à eau nécessitent souvent le partage des embouts et des tuyaux, facilitant ainsi la transmission de la COVID-19 dans les milieux communautaires et sociaux. Les conditions favorisant les besoins en oxygène ou réduisant la capacité de l'organisme à l'utiliser correctement exposeront les patients à un risque accru d'affections pulmonaires graves telles que la pneumonie.

Vous pouvez obtenir du soutien téléphonique pour arrêter de fumer, à compter du 1er octobre 2019, ainsi que des renseignements et des conseils sur les soins de santé, et ce, 24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7, en appelant Télésanté Ontario au 1 866 797-0000 (sans frais) ou au 1 866 797-0007 (ATS sans frais).  Téléassistance pour fumeurs

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Connexions Timiskaming Connections Volunteer Line

We know as the precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 continue, their implications continue to add up. Many people are left to self-isolate at home, and some may belong to vulnerable groups who are in need of essential supplies while not having someone to support them. 

With these individuals in mind, the Timiskaming Health Unit (THU) in partnership with local organizations, has created a COVID-19 volunteer line – Connexions Timiskaming Connections. Our aim is to connect those who need help (individuals members of the community OR organizations in need for volunteers, such as food banks) with available community helpers.  

The Connexions Timiskaming Connections volunteer line is a public health response to the time-sensitive challenges presented to many in our communities as they adjust to COVID-19 public health measures. This response is based on trust and mutual generosity in our close-knit communities. THU is operating only as a connecting service; volunteers who offer support to others are not doing so on behalf of THU and do not fall under any THU policies or procedures. 

Minimal personal information will be collected for the purpose of linking people and will only be shared with verbal or written permission. By signing up you agree to have this information saved in our internal server; at no time will this information be shared with external partners.

While we have made utmost effort to mitigate risk, this initiative is only a matching service and acknowledges that risk is not completely preventable and must be accepted by those using the Connexions Timiskaming Connections service. Timiskaming Health Unit does not accept liability or responsibility for community members supporting one another during this time. 

If you, or someone you know needs help please contact us. 

Similarly, if you can offer to help, please reach out. All volunteers will be screened, those who qualify will be added to our volunteer list and may be called upon when a request for help comes in. Please review the Volunteer Guidance package to ensure your experience is safe and positive. 

Forms for help and volunteering can be found below. 

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Nous savons que les précautions prises pour minimiser la propagation de COVID-19 se poursuivent, mais leurs implications continuent de s'accumuler. De nombreuses personnes sont laissées à auto-isoler, et certaines peuvent appartenir à des groupes vulnérables qui ont besoin de provisions essentielles tout en n'ayant personne pour les soutenir. 
Avec ces personnes à l'esprit, les Services de santé du Timiskaming, en partenariat avec des organismes locaux, ont créé une ligne de bénévoles COVID-19 - Connexions Timiskaming Connections. Notre but est de mettre en contact les personnes qui ont besoin d'aide (les membres de la communauté OU les organismes qui ont besoin de bénévoles, comme les banques alimentaires) avec les personnes disponibles dans la communauté. 

La ligne de bénévolat Connexions Timiskaming Connections est une réponse de santé publique aux difficultés liées à ce temps que de nombreux membres de nos communautés alors qu'ils s'adaptent aux mesures de santé publique de COVID-19. Cette réponse est fondée sur la confiance et la générosité mutuelle dans nos communautés très unies.  Les Services de santé du Timiskaming fonctionne uniquement comme un service de mise en relation ; les bénévoles qui offrent leur aide aux autres ne le font pas au nom de les Services de santé du Timiskaming et ne relèvent d'aucune politique ou procédure de l’organisme.

L’informations personnelles sera recueillie dans le but de mettre en relation les personnes et ne sera partagé qu'avec une autorisation verbale ou écrite.  En vous inscrivant, vous acceptez que ces informations soient enregistrées sur notre serveur interne ; à aucun moment ces informations ne seront partagées avec des partenaires externes.
Bien que nous ayons fait tous les efforts possibles pour atténuer les risques, cette initiative n'est qu'un service de connexion et reconnaît que les risques ne peuvent être complètement évités et doivent être acceptés par ceux qui utilisent le service Connexions Timiskaming Connections. Les Services de santé du Timiskaming n'acceptent aucune responsabilité pour les membres de la communauté qui se soutiennent les uns les autres pendant cette période. 

Si vous, ou quelqu'un que vous connaissez, avez besoin d'aide, veuillez nous contacter

De même, si vous pouvez offrir votre aide, veuillez nous contacter. Tous les bénévoles seront sélectionnés, ceux qui se qualifient seront ajoutés à notre liste de bénévoles et pourront être contactés lorsqu'une demande d'aide nous parviendra. Veuillez consulter le dossier d'orientation des bénévoles pour vous assurer que votre expérience est sûre et positive. 

Vous trouverez ci-dessous les formulaires pour l'aide et le bénévolat. 

 

Immunization/Vaccines for School-aged Children (during COVID-19)

Even though the focus is on COVID-19 right now, it is important to protect children and youth from all vaccine preventable illnesses.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health recommends that immunization services be provided during COVID-19, with proper measures in place to do so safely. Because routine in-school clinics are not happening this Spring, we invite parents to contact the THU to book an in-office appointment for student immunization if able to. THU may also prompt parents/guardians by mail or phone as we are able to. For students not able to come in to the office, we will follow-up in schools with catch up clinics in the Fall once it is safe to do so.  

Routine Spring school clinics would have included:

  1. Grade 7: the second dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B vaccines and any catch up for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. 
  2. Students aged 14 to 16: the three-in-one tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

For students who are due for the 4 to 6 year old booster, contact your health care provider or call the THU to book an appointment. 

To view immunizations required for school-aged children visit Vaccines For School Children. You can report and review student immunization records here: Immunization Records (Yellow Card).  
 

Immunisations/vaccins pour les enfants d'âge scolaire (pendant COVID-19) 

Il est important de protéger les enfants et les jeunes contre toutes les maladies évitables par la vaccination malgré que l'accent soit mis sur COVID-19 en ce moment.

Le ministère de la Santé de l’Ontario recommande que des services de vaccination soient fournis pendant COVID-19 tout en assurant que des mesures appropriées soient en place pour assurer la sécurité de tous. Étant donné que les cliniques habituellement offertes à l'école n'ont pas lieu ce printemps, nous invitons les parents à communiquer avec les Services de santé du Timiskaming (SST) pour prendre un rendez-vous pour la vaccination des élèves si possible. Dans la mesure du possible, les SST communiquerons avec les parents/tuteurs par courrier ou par téléphone. Pour les étudiants qui ne peuvent pas venir au bureau, nous effectuerons un suivi dans les écoles avec des cliniques de rattrapage à l'automne lorsqu’il sera sécuritaire de le faire.

Les cliniques du printemps auraient inclus:

  • 7e année: la deuxième dose pour les vaccins contre le virus du papillome humain (VPH) et l'hépatite B ainsi que le rattrapage pour le vaccin conjugué contre le méningocoque.
  • Élèves de 14 à 16 ans: le vaccin contre le tétanos, la diphtérie et la coqueluche (dcaT).

Pour consulter les vaccins requis pour les enfants d'âge scolaire, visitez La vaccination des enfants qui vont à l’école. Vous pouvez signaler et consulter les dossiers d’immunisation des étudiants ici: Dossier d'immunisation (carte jaune)
 

Credible sources of information

Canadians’ best defense against COVID-19 is to stay informed and be prepared. The following are credible sources of information.

 

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