The County of Simcoe’s Health and Emergency Services division continues to monitor the status of the Novel Coronavirus and are working closely with various healthcare service agencies to provide regular updates.
Cases have been reported through Asia, Oceania, Europe, as well as the US and other parts of Canada. However, to date, there is no reported cases of Coronavirus in Simcoe County, and just three confirmed cases in Ontario: Two in Toronto and one in London. So far, all infections outside of China have occurred in patients with travel history to Wuhan and the risk to Ontarians remains low.
The MOH is maintaining a website
with the latest information including the status of cases in Ontario.
What can I protect myself and others?
To reduce exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus, you can:
- Frequently clean your hands by using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash your hands
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
- If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
What is a Coronavirus?
Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. What we are experiencing now is a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. All case are linked to a seafood and poultry market in Wuhan China. All cases that have been identified have a travel link to this market. The animal of origin has not been determined yet.
How is it transmitted?
Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. Once a person is infected with the coronavirus, it can then be transmitted from person to person. The mode of transmission is respiratory droplets, such as through coughing or sneezing.
What are the symptoms?
Common signs include respiratory symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death. If you experience any of these symptoms and you have travelled to or from Wuhan, China recently, please contact your health care provider.