In honour of World Hepatitis Day, Sanguen Health Centre and HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH), will be hosting their annual event to raise awareness about Hepatitis C. It will feature complementary snacks, face painting, sidewalk art and other fun activities. The event will educate attendees on Hepatitis C through offering information on transmission and prevention.
- When: Thursday July 28 from noon to 3 p.m.
- Where: St. Georges Square, in downtown Guelph
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection that over time can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. About 170 million people worldwide – including 243,000 Canadians – are infected and many are unaware they have the chronic infection.
Our offices and clinics will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic Holiday. Regular services resume Tuesday, August 2.
Wellington County is hosting the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2016) from September 20 to 24, 2016, in Harriston, Town of Minto.
If you plan to provide food at the event, here’s what you need to know about working with Public Health.
Food safety training and workshops will be available before the event. If you want to sign up please email PHI.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued a Heat Warning for southern Ontario including the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region. A heat warning is issued when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to 31°C and a nighttime temperature greater than or equal to 20°C or a humidex greater than 40.
The combination of high heat, high humidity, and exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be hazardous to your health. It’s important to prepare for hot weather to help prevent heat-related illness and death. Read below to find out what you can do to protect yourself and others:
Know the forecast
You can find out when there’s a heat warning by following:
- Local weather reports
- Warnings from Environment Canada
- @WDGPublicHealth on Twitter or liking us on Facebook
Have a plan
Plan breaks from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, or an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store, community centre, place of worship or public library. Remember that children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions are at higher risk of suffering from heat-related illness.
During times of high heat and humidity:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cold water or juice
- Stay out of the sun
- At home, close awnings, curtains, and blinds during the day to keep the sun out
- Schedule strenuous outdoor activities for the early morning or evening hours
- Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned places
- Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight
- Call or visit family, friends, and neighbours to make sure they are okay
- Plan to visit neighbours, friends and family, especially isolated seniors, to make sure they’re cool and hydrated
- If you have air conditioning, welcome family and neighbours into your home when they need a place to cool off.