Public Advisory: Currently, the Grey Bruce Health Unit region is in the YELLOW Protect level as outlined in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.  Read more here.

Who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?


The following groups are considered at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Adults in their 60’s and over
  • People with weakened immune systems from a medical treatment such as chemotherapy or medical condition such as cancer
  • People with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart or lung disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, cerebrovascular disease (e.g. past stroke)


Other vulnerable populations may also be considered at increased risk:

  • People who are homeless
  • People who use drugs
  • People who smoke and/or vape
  • People who have developmental challenges
  • People with unmanaged mental illness


For more information see How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19: Older Adults and People with Chronic Medical Conditions or Weakened Immune Systems from Public Health Ontario.

COVID-19 and Accessing Health Care Services


The Ministry of Health strongly recommends that adults aged 65 years and older, people who have underlying medical conditions, and people who are immunocompromised stay at home.


Self-isolation means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons. Essential reasons to leave home include:  to access food or medications and to seek medical attention. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands.


If you need help, call 2-1-1 or visit The Do, a project by United Way Grey Bruce to match those who are in need of help with volunteers. A resource list is also available on the page, I need help.


Self-Assessment Tool


Use the Assessment Tool to help you understand what steps you should take to protect your health. 

If you have new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, visit the page, I think I have COVID-19. What should I do? to learn more and about where to get tested at Assessment Centres in the Grey Bruce.


Guidance for Cannabis Use During COVID-19

Vaping and COVID-19: Information for people who use e-cigarettes

Tobacco Use and COVID-19: Information for people who smoke


  • People who smoke or vape may be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.


  • Smoking and vaping also increases the risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia and may worsen symptoms associated with COVID-19. Research shows that smokers with severe pneumonia due to COVID-19 have a greater likelihood of being admitted to an ICU, requiring a ventilator or dying compared to non-smokers.


  • The act of smoking or vaping increases the risk of transmission of the virus from your hand to your mouth.


  • Sharing cigarettes, water pipes, or vaping devices can spread COVID-19 between people. Maintain a physical distance of at least 2m from others and avoid sharing these products.


Smokers' Helpline

Take this opportunity to quit now. For professional cessation support for smoking or vaping, call the Smoker’s Help line at 1-877-513-5333 or visit Smoker’s Help line website.


Talk Tobacco

Talk Tobacco is an Indigenous Program to Quit smoking and Vaping through Smoker’s Helpline:

For help and information on quitting smoking, and vaping and commercial tobacco use call 1 833 998-8255 (TALK).


There is also help available to learn positive coping strategies. Visit the new portal “Wellness Together Canada" for access to free online courses, resources, tools, and confidential phone or chat sessions with trained professionals.


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