Public Advisory

There is an MOH Class Order in place, effective July 17th, for Grey and Bruce County that orders all Commercial Establishments to take actions related to the use of face coverings, ensure effective measures to maintain physical distancing and to ensure the availability of hand sanitizer. For full details, visit the MOH Class Orders page. Also view, FAQ for Masks and Face Coverings.

Information for Parents and Families

 

Home Monitoring for COVID-19 Before Going to Child Care

Caregiver Childcare Poster

Caregiver's Guide to Summer Day Camps

Playgrounds and Play Structures in Stage 3

School Reopening - MoH Live Event August 26, 2020

 

 

Helping Children understand COVID-19

A new virus such as the one that causes COVID-19 can create anxiety for us all and can be especially difficult for children to understand.

Helping children understand COVID-19 A resource from Grey Bruce Health Unit

Maintaining the Health and Well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Children and Teens During COVID-19

The Free COVID-19 Misinformation Toolkit for Kids (and Parents!) at Home

 

The Big Alone

The Big Alone is a Children’s book about COVID-19. Available for Download here in multiple languages

 

A kids book about Covid-19

A book about COVID-19 for children.  Available for Download here or other languages.

 

 

Supports and strategies for parents when child care is not available

Talking to Children About the Pandemic – Guidance - Ontario Ministry of Health

Parenting tips for parenting during the coronavirus outbreak - Unicef

Also see Grey Bruce Health Unit COVID-19 and Mental Health Supports

Also see Grey Bruce Health Unit Parenting Information and Supports

 

Parenting Tips and Strategies from World Health Organization:

Keep it positive

INFOGRAPHICS: 

COVID Parenting Tip #1 – One on One Time  

COVID Parenting Tip #2 -  Keeping it Positive

COVID Parenting Tip #3 – Structure Up

COVID Parenting Tip #4 – Bad Behaviour

COVID Parenting Tip #5 - Talking About COVID

 

Other COVID-19 Parenting Resources:

 

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Home isn’t always a safe place and isolation during COVID-19 may make some situations worse. Plan for your safety if you are dealing with family violence. If you are in immediate danger call 911. Violence is never okay. 

TEXT CRISIS NUMBER: 226-974-0755 - Women's Centre Grey Bruce is now offering their 24/7 crisis line service through text. A staff member will be there on the other end to chat anytime, whenever you're ready. 

 

A comprehensive Guide to Safety Planning (PDF format)  in domestic violence situations can be downloaded from Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth.

 

On site Safety Planning 24/7 for victims and survivors of domestic abuse: Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey (Kincardine), The Women’s Centre (Grey & Bruce) (Owen Sound) and Kaebashiwin Place of Rest (Saugeen First Nation).

 

Telephone Safety Planning is available 24/7 by contacting Violence Against Women Crisis Lines:

  • Women’s House: 1 800 265-3026
  • Women’s Centre: 1 800 265-3722
  • Victim Services 1-866-376-9852

Shelters for Women and Children:

 

The Men’s Program:

Due to COVID-19 groups are not running.  During normal operation, The Men’s Program offers a variety of programming including:

Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for men
Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for women
My Dad’s Group (a positive parenting program for men)
My Mom’s Group (a positive parenting program for women)

The Male Survivor Program (one to one counselling for men who experienced sexual violence as children or adolescents)

Male Survivors in Ontario have access to a 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services at 1-866-887-0015 from the Government of Ontario

Victim Support Line

To talk with an information and referral counsellor, call the Victim Support Line at 1-888-579-2888

Also visit, Program and Services for Victims of Crime

COVID-19 is still very new and scientists are still learning how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes. At this time, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that pregnant women are at a greater risk for more serious outcomes related to COVID-19. The pregnancy outcomes of the reported cases have been largely good.

We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. In the cases of breastfeeding mothers, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk, supporting that mother-to-infant vertical transmission is unlikely./p>

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that mothers with suspected or proven COVID-19 continue to breastfeed while taking precautions like wearing a surgical/procedure mask and practicing proper hand hygiene.

It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses and take the appropriate steps to avoid and prevent infection. Please click here to learn more about how to protect yourself. Please consult with your health care provider if you have any concerns.

 

New Information may become available. Visit the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and Government of Canada websites to keep up to date.

 

 

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Home isn’t always a safe place and isolation during COVID-19 may make some situations worse. Plan for your safety if you are dealing with family violence. If you are in immediate danger call 911. Violence is never okay. 

TEXT CRISIS NUMBER: 226-974-0755 - Women's Centre Grey Bruce is now offering their 24/7 crisis line service through text. A staff member will be there on the other end to chat anytime, whenever you're ready. 

 

A comprehensive Guide to Safety Planning (PDF format)  in domestic violence situations can be downloaded from Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth.

 

On site Safety Planning 24/7 for victims and survivors of domestic abuse: Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey (Kincardine), The Women’s Centre (Grey & Bruce) (Owen Sound) and Kaebashiwin Place of Rest (Saugeen First Nation).

 

Telephone Safety Planning is available 24/7 by contacting Violence Against Women Crisis Lines:

  • Women’s House: 1 800 265-3026
  • Women’s Centre: 1 800 265-3722
  • Victim Services 1-866-376-9852

Shelters for Women and Children:

 

The Men’s Program:

Due to COVID-19 groups are not running.  During normal operation, The Men’s Program offers a variety of programming including:

Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for men
Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for women
My Dad’s Group (a positive parenting program for men)
My Mom’s Group (a positive parenting program for women)

The Male Survivor Program (one to one counselling for men who experienced sexual violence as children or adolescents)

Male Survivors in Ontario have access to a 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services at 1-866-887-0015 from the Government of Ontario

Victim Support Line

To talk with an information and referral counsellor, call the Victim Support Line at 1-888-579-2888

Also visit, Program and Services for Victims of Crime

Commercial infant formula is the only recommended alternative to breastmilk. Do not make your own baby formula at home as this is unregulated and not an appropriate substitute for breastmilk. Homemade baby formulas or watered down commercial formula can be unsafe. They do not offer the right amount of vitamins, minerals and energy that babies need and they could be a food safety risk.

Making your own baby formula may appeal to you during COVID-19, but please continue to purchase safe and nutritionally complete commercial infant formula and prepare it based on manufacturers direction. All commercial formula sold in Canada are safe and have the essential nutrients your infant needs. Canadian legislation ensures all commercial formulas sold in Canada undergo a full safety and nutritional quality assessment. These companies must also submit scientific evidence that their products support healthy growth in infants and do not pose harmful risks.

Please be respectful of the needs of other families and households. Infant Formula an essential grocery item for many, by practicing normal grocery buying habits we can ensure that everyone gets the supplies they need.

Infant formula is a product in high need at many food banks. If you have ‘extra’ unopened diapers or infant formula consider donating during this time of COVID-19. Please check expiry dates.  Some individuals are not able to buy or store extra. Cash donations are always welcome and are the most effective way to donate food banks.

 

Resources:

 

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Home isn’t always a safe place and isolation during COVID-19 may make some situations worse. Plan for your safety if you are dealing with family violence. If you are in immediate danger call 911. Violence is never okay.

TEXT CRISIS NUMBER: 226-974-0755 - Women's Centre Grey Bruce is now offering their 24/7 crisis line service through text. A staff member will be there on the other end to chat anytime, whenever you're ready. 

 

A comprehensive Guide to Safety Planning (PDF format) in domestic violence situations can be downloaded from Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth.

 

On site Safety Planning 24/7 for victims and survivors of domestic abuse: Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey (Kincardine), The Women’s Centre (Grey & Bruce) (Owen Sound) and Kaebashiwin Place of Rest (Saugeen First Nation).

 

Telephone Safety Planning is available 24/7 by contacting Violence Against Women Crisis Lines:

  • Women’s House: 1 800 265-3026
  • Women’s Centre: 1 800 265-3722
  • Victim Services 1-866-376-9852

Shelters for Women and Children:

 

The Men’s Program:

Due to COVID-19 groups are not running.  During normal operation, The Men’s Program offers a variety of programming including:

Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for men
Partner Assault Response (PAR) groups for women
My Dad’s Group (a positive parenting program for men)
My Mom’s Group (a positive parenting program for women)

The Male Survivor Program (one to one counselling for men who experienced sexual violence as children or adolescents)

Male Survivors in Ontario have access to a 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services at 1-866-887-0015 from the Government of Ontario

Victim Support Line

To talk with an information and referral counsellor, call the Victim Support Line at 1-888-579-2888

Also visit, Program and Services for Victims of Crime

 

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