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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2020 10:34 AM

On December 31, 2019, a cluster of cases of pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, China, and the cause has been confirmed as a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. This virus is now known as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

Common symptoms of novel coronavirus include:

  • fever
  • cough and respiratory symptoms
  • difficulty breathing.

The current situation is evolving. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is working with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and our...

Upcoming Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program Application Clinics in Huron and Perth

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:33 AM

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded dental care program to help eligible low-income seniors access dental care. The OSDCP provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits.

To help eligible seniors enroll in the OSDCP, Huron Perth Public Health will be holding drop-in application days throughout Huron and Perth, at the following times and locations:

  • Blyth,...

Health Unit Recruiting Volunteers for New Cooking Program for Kids

Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2020 12:12 PM

Huron Perth Public Health invites men and women to volunteer with Let’s Get Cookin’ – a hands-on cooking program that will be piloted in three Perth County elementary schools this spring. Volunteers will lead seven weekly sessions during the school day in April and May 2020. Sessions will be offered at schools in Perth East and North Perth.

Let’s Get Cookin’ gives kids an opportunity to learn basic cooking skills and food safety in a setting that promotes teamwork and builds confidence. Kids will...

Cannabis Edibles Now Available in Ontario. Health Unit Reminds Users How to Reduce their Risks

Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 02:09 PM

Cannabis edibles, extracts and topics have become available for purchase in Ontario through provincially licensed retailers. These products are subject to the same laws as all other cannabis products.

“Eating cannabis affects people differently than smoking or vaping cannabis does,” says Courtney Feeney, public health promoter with Huron Perth Public Health. “Edible cannabis users should start low and go slow to avoid overconsumption, and ensure cannabis is properly stored and labelled to prevent...

2020 Food and Nutrition Programs and Services in Perth County Released

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:19 PM

The Perth County Food Literacy Group in partnership with Huron Perth Public Health is excited to release the 2020 edition of the Food and Nutrition Programs and Services in Perth County. The purpose of this inventory is to highlight all of the food literacy programs and services available to Perth County residents.

Food literacy is knowing about food, having food skills, feeling confident when choosing, preparing, and eating food, and making healthy food decisions most of the time. “Food literacy...