Our offices and clinics will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labour Day holiday. Regular services resume Tuesday, September 6.
Updated Aug. 22: Samples collected on August 17 did not detect the toxin in the water. Warning signs have been taken down.
Blue-Green algae has been found at Belwood Lake. This algae produces a toxin that can cause illness, including itchy eyes and skin, flu-like symptoms and liver damage.
We recommend the following precautions:
- Don’t swim in the lake
- Keep children and pets away from the lake
- Avoid contact with the algae and the water
- Don’t eat fish from the lake
- Don’t use the water for drinking or any other purpose (boiling the water will not make it safe to drink)
Belwood Quarry, which is used for swimming, is not affected by the algae. Results of bacterial testing for the quarry are available from June to September.
Algae blooms are naturally occurring and tend to occur when the weather is hot and dry. When the algae dies, toxins are released into the water. Blue-green algae are usually bluish-green but can range in colour from olive green to red.
For more information, visit GrandRiver.ca.
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.email@example.com or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.
Updated August 15: The heat warning has ended for our area.
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
- Follow @WDGPublicHealth on Twitter or like us on like 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.