News Health unit declares community emergency with COVID-19 outbreak SHARE ON: Nathan Shubert, staff Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 2020 Photo: Supplied by Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge Health Unit HALIBURTON, ON-The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) has declared a community emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak. This action is prompting local municipalities to set up their own Emergency Operation Centre’s (EOCs) to move supports and resources in place for their communities. It has been recommended municipalities close all facilities and businesses that provide recreation programs, libraries, private schools, child care, bars, restaurants, churches, places of worship, theatres, and concert venues. Medical Officer of Health with the HKPR Dr. Lynn Noseworthy said that this is an unprecedented action but is warranted during this challenging time. “We need to do everything we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our residents.” Residents are encouraged to protect their health by washing their hands thoroughly and frequently, covering up when they cough or sneeze, staying at home if you are sick, and social distancing. Anyone returning from outside of Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days to monitor themselves for symptoms. If you think you have symptoms of the virus or have been in close contact with someone who has it, visit the ministry site here to self-assess and see if you need further care. For more information, visit the health unit site here.