Coronavirus Update

Since learning about the outbreak of the Wuhan novel coronavirus in China, Ontario has been actively monitoring to quickly detect and contain any cases of the virus.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario and Toronto Public Health are working directly alongside each other to activate and execute comprehensive plans to keep Ontarians healthy and safe.

We knew that it wasn’t unlikely that Ontario would experience a case of the Wuhan novel coronavirus and as such we were well prepared to quickly respond.

To be clear, the risk to Ontarians remains low.

I trust our health care professionals fully and place my complete confidence in their instructions and advice.

Where to find the most up-to-date information:

You can visit this dedicated website on the Coronavirus for updated information from Ontario Public Health: Ontario.ca/coronavirus

Here is some helpful information you can use:

If you are concerned about your own health or the health of another person, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local Public Health Unit:

If you wish to report a suspected case of novel coronavirus, you are encouraged to contact your local Public Health Unit as shown above.

In the workplace

If you are worried about coronavirus at your work, concerns about health and safety in a workplace should be brought to the attention of a worker’s employer. The employer has a duty to identify hazards and to put into place appropriate controls for hazards.

Workers may also wish to raise the issue with the joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative in the workplace. The joint health and safety committee, or health and safety representative, have a role in identifying hazards in the workplace and making recommendations about measures needed to protect workers.

Individuals with questions about workplace health and safety can contact the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development - Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call any time to report an unsafe work practice, critical injury, fatality or work refusal. In an emergency, always dial 911.

With regard to worries about your children at school, consider that the risk to Ontarians remains low. If you have concerns about children attending school, I encourage you to contact your contact local Public Health Unit:

In addition to all the information above, fact sheets on Coronavirus are now available in multiple languages for you to share with family, friends, neighbours and associates:

Everyone should take comfort in knowing that our skilled health care providers are bringing their considerable experience to effectively monitor and respond to this emerging situation.

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