Alert – COVID-19

2020-07-14

To: All Stern Labs Employee’s and Visitors

 

 What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a form of coronavirus believed to have originated in Wuhan, China. Those who are infected may have little or no symptoms. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

 

  • FEVER (FEELING HOT TO THE TOUCH, A TEMPERATURE OF 37.8 DEGREES CELSIUS OR HIGHER)
  • CHILLS
  • COUGH THAT’S NEW OR WORSENING (CONTINUOUS, MORE THAN USUAL)
  • BARKING COUGH, MAKING A WHISTLING NOISE WHEN BREATHING (CROUP)
  • SHORTNESS OF BREATH (OUT OF BREATH, UNABLE TO BREATHE DEEPLY)
  • SORE THROAT
  • DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING
  • RUNNY, STUFFY OR CONGESTED NOSE (NOT RELATED TO SEASONAL ALLERGIES OR OTHER KNOWN CAUSES OR CONDITIONS)
  • LOST SENSE OF TASTE OR SMELL
  • PINK EYE (CONJUNCTIVITIS)
  • HEADACHE THAT’S UNUSUAL OR LONG LASTING
  • DIGESTIVE ISSUES (NAUSEA/VOMITING, DIARRHEA, STOMACH PAIN)
  • MUSCLE ACHES
  • EXTREME TIREDNESS THAT IS UNUSUAL (FATIGUE, LACK OF ENERGY)
  • FALLING DOWN OFTEN
  • FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND INFANTS: SLUGGISHNESS OR LACK OF APPETITE

 

Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions like pneumonia, kidney failure and in some cases, death. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against the coronavirus that causes it. The majority of COVID-19 cases are mild and most people who get it will recover on their own. Typical treatment for common coronaviruses includes:

 

  • DRINKING PLENTY OF FLUIDS
  • GETTING AS MUCH REST AND SLEEP AS POSSIBLE
  • USING A HUMIDIFIER OR TAKING A HOT SHOWER TO HELP WITH A SORE THROAT OR COUGH

 

How to protect yourself

Corona viruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.  There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus, protect your health and slow the spread through the community:

 

  • WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER OR ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER
  • INCREASE FREQUENCY OF CLEANING/DISINFECTING HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS AND COMMONLY TOUCHED ITEMS
  • SNEEZE AND COUGH INTO YOUR SLEEVE
  • AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH
  • AVOID CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK
  • STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING (MAINTAIN 2M/ 6FT DISTANCE FROM OTHERS)
  • AVOID TRAVEL AND ALSO AVOID GATHERINGS EXCEEDING THE APPROVED  PROVINCIAL GUIDELINE (UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD)
  • CLEAN PHONES AND OTHER DEVICES REGULARLY
  • UTILIZE  WORKPLACE TOOL SANITIZING STATIONS
  • WHEN PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS A CHALLENGE WEAR APPROPRIATE PPE AND LIMIT TIME

 

 COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing

Any individuals who are experiencing one symptom or sign from the list on page 1 should get tested. Individuals who are not experiencing symptoms should get tested if:

  • They are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19, including people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
  • They are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

 

Book an appointment to get tested through:

  • Your doctor
  • Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848

If you require urgent care, visit an Emergency Department or call 911, and inform them of your travel and contact history and symptoms.

 

 Assessment & Testing Centres in Hamilton

 

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Centre
Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena
25 Hester Street, Hamilton
Hours of Operation: 10 am to 3 pm daily

 

East End Assessment Centre
2757 King Street East, Hamilton
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 4 to 8 pm | Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 2 pm

 

West End Assessment Centre
690 Main Street West, Hamilton
Hours of Operation: Sunday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm | Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

 

 

 VISITORS TO STERN LABORATORIES

Taking extra precautions in allowing visitors to enter our workplace is important for us in limiting exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Stern Labs reserves the right to require visitors to wear suitable PPE prior to entry, to provide information in advance as to whether they have been infected with Covid-19, have been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19, have any known symptoms of Covid-19 or travelled to a high-risk area. If a visitor answers affirmatively to any of these questions, Stern Labs may consider requesting the visitor not come to our workplace until they have been asymptomatic for 14 days, or can provide a clearance letter from a physician and/or proper documentation of a Covid-19 negative test result. Stern Labs may also ask any visitor to provide their contact information in the event that COVID-19 develops in the workplace and the visitor may have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

 

*The above Information was provided from the websites below dated 2020-07-14

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-stop-spread#section-3