Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus. On January 7, 2020, China confirmed COVID-19. The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.
Aside from Canada, other countries and regions are reporting cases. Check the latest travel health notices before travelling.
At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for
Coronaviruses are commonly spread from an infected person through:
These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.
The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to:
Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1-part bleach to 9 parts water):
Symptoms of human coronaviruses may be very mild or more serious, such as:
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.
Most of our clients are particularly vulnerable older adults who face greaterrisk of complications in the event of a COVID-19 transmission. We are continuously assessing our response and best practices as new information emerges. Based on the information available at this time, we are taking the following precautionsto protect our clients and caregivers:
If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days:
In addition, if you return from Italy, Iran, or Hubei province (China) you will be asked to contact the public health authority in the province or territory where you live or are staying within 24 hours of arriving in Canada and to provide your contact information.
Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
HOME CARE ASSISTANCE CONTACT NUMBERS
GTA WEST: 905-337-1200