Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update
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. To date, there is no reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Simcoe County and 3 confirmed cases in Ontario.
When calling 911 additional questioning is in place to screen for any of the predetermined signs or symptoms of the novel coronavirus. The County of Simcoe Paramedic Services staff are highly trained in infection control and are taking every precaution in the field.
Ministry of Health considers risk to Ontarians as low
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and our local health unit are actively monitoring novel coronavirus cases (2019-nCoV). Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health confirmed the first positive cases in Ontario. Cases have also been reported through Asia, Oceania, Europe, as well as the U.S. and other parts of Canada. To date, all infections outside of China have occurred in patients with travel history to Wuhan and the risk to Ontarians is considered low. The MOH is maintaining a website with the latest information including the status of cases in Ontario. Please go to
https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov for the most up to date information.
What can you do to protect yourself and others?
- To reduce exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus:
- Frequently clean 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
Paramedic Commencement and Honours Ceremony
On November 30, 2018 we hosted our 1st annual Commencement and Honours Ceremony, recognizing 27 graduates and 38 award recipients.
Our paramedic graduates were hired this past spring and have since completed third person ride outs with their coaches, driver training and successfully completed a series of probationary reviews. This ceremony signifies one of many milestones in their career and will mark it by receiving their striped epaulettes and a County of Simcoe Paramedic Services badge.
Also recognized at the ceremony were additional recently hired Paramedic Services staff, current staff who achieved an advancement position within the department, Chief's Commendations and Exemplary Service Medals and Bars.
Heart and Stroke - New Signs of Stroke Campaign
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) has recently announced a new and enhanced signs of stroke campaign which encourages Canadians to recognize the signs of stroke and act FAST.
FACE is it drooping?
ARMS can you raise both?
SPEECH is it slurred or jumbled?
TIME to call 9-1-1 right away.
FAST because the quicker you act, the more of the person you save.
For information on this campaign please visit,