Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

March 12, 2020

The risk from COVID-19 remains low in Ontario and Huron County.  At this time, Huron County staff are diligently working to ensure we are prepared to meet the challenge should the current outbreak continue to grow.

Huron Perth Public Health is leading overall response along with the Ministry of Health, and are holding regular meetings and teleconferences among health and municipal partners to ensure a coordinated response. For detailed and up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, please visit the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

Huron County and its member municipalities have emergency plans in place to coordinate response to extraordinary situations.  All members are endeavoring to ensure that all staff have access to factual up to date information.  Policies and protocols are also being reviewed to protect and support staff and citizens.

Regardless of the current outbreak we should all be practicing Hand-Hygiene and Cough Etiquette. Frequent and thorough hand-hygiene and routine infection control practices are important measures in preventing the spread of many infections illnesses.

Cough Etiquette

Cover ones nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the used tissue in a proper waste container and then employ proper hand hygiene after tissue use. If no tissue is available then cough into the inside of your arm at the elbow.


Frequent and thorough Hand hygiene, either with soap and warm running water or alcohol based hand sanitizer, is the single most important measure for preventing infections. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty. Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and warm water, or wiped with “moist wipes” to remove visible dirt prior to using alcohol based hand sanitizer.

For more information contact:

David Clarke, Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC)
519.524.8394 (ext 3306)