Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China. The first presumptive case of this virus in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.
Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility:
Find information on how the COVID-19 virus spreads.
Effective Saturday, October 3, 2020, the government of Ontario announced a provincial order mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions. The use of a face covering does not replace the need for other public health measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene, and staying home if unwell.
Information on how to wash and sanitize your hands.
Find information on what and how to practice physical distancing.
Find information on how to clean and disinfect surfaces, doing laundry and waste management.
Information on how to take care of someone who has COVID-19.