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COVID-19 Disease and Infection

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, testing and treatment

If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing other severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 and inform them that you may have COVID-19. 

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

If you have questions related to COVID-19 testing and what to do if you test positive, visit the provincial webpage, Protection from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses

If you have symptoms but are not eligible for testing, assume you have COVID-19 and follow COVID-19 health advice.

Rapid antigen testing

HPPH has rapid antigen tests (RATs) available for the public at our Clinton, West Gore and Festival Square offices during business hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm, and at our Listowel office on Fridays, 10am to 2pm.

If you are higher risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19, you are eligible for PCR testing and can locate your nearest pharmacy for testing. 

If you think you need a COVID-19 test, assessment or treatment, you can: 

  • Contact your pharmacy or locate the nearest pharmacy that provides COVID-19 testing
  • Contact your primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) 
  • Call 811 or visit Health811 online for more information about testing, assessment, and treatment

If you think you have COVID-19 and are seeking treatment, don't delay. You will need to start treatment within five days of the start of symptoms. 

Anyone with severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, or any other medical emergency should call 9-1-1.

For general information and eligibility for antiviral treatment, please visit COVID-19 testing and treatment

Post COVID-19 condition is when the symptoms of COVID-19 persist for more than 12 weeks after the infection. It's also known as long COVID and can affect both adults and children.

You can show symptoms of post COVID-19 condition even if you: 

  • weren't formally tested and diagnosed with COVID-19
  • only had mild to moderate symptoms when you had COVID-19

Post COVID-19 condition is not COVID-19. Symptoms can persist for weeks or months from the initial COVID-19 infection, but you can also develop new symptoms. 

The best way to prevent post COVID-19 condition is to take measures to avoid getting infected in the first place, such as staying home when sick, wearing a well-fitted mask, and getting vaccinated.

For more information:

COVID-19 continues to circulate and remains a potentially serious illness. The following groups are at higher risk of severe outcomes (long COVID, hospitalization or death) from COVID-19.

  • People of advanced age
  • People living in congregate settings
  • People with underlying health conditions
  • People who are unvaccinated
If your staff or patrons consist of people in the above categories (or interact frequently with these groups), consider which measures you can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

Contact Us

Huron Perth Public Health

Huron Office
77722B London Road, RR #5, Clinton, ON
N0M 1L0

Perth Office
653 West Gore St., Stratford ON N5A 1L4
Toll-free 1-888-221-2133

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