Public Health Information About the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Government of Ontario has added the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as a designated disease reportable under Ontario's public health legislation. Now, physicians, hospitals and other care facilities will be required to report a suspected or confirmed case of the new coronavirus to their local medical officer of health.

Local Public Health Units can quickly take the necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection. Ontario's reporting requirements now align with British Columbia and Alberta. You can find up to date information and learn more about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at

The federal government has put in place enhanced screening measures at Pearson Airport to build on Ontario's protocols in place to actively monitor for, detect and contain any suspected cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). You can read more Frequently Asked Questions from the Public Health Agency of Canada. There is also a multilingual handout that may be helpful for those travelling to or from China during this time.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published advice for the public regarding Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). These recommendations include hand and respiratory hygiene and safe food practices.