A new virus (Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) not previously seen in humans, has been reported as the cause of several pneumonia cases originating in Wuhan, China. The 2019-nCoV is a unique strain of a common virus that is responsible for many colds and respiratory infections. Symptoms of this illness have ranged from mild cold-like symptoms to severe illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. Cases of this new virus have now been reported in several countries outside of China, including one presumptive case in Ontario.
For the most up to date information from the province visit the Ministry of Health’s information page. Wuhan Novel Coronavirus 2019 This page includes information about the work underway in the province to respond to the virus as well as what to do if you feel sick after travel.
Locally the Community Wellbeing centre is working proactively to prepare for any potential cases in our area and to protect our community.
Preventing the Spread of Illness
By taking the following steps, you can help prevent the spread of illness in our community:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
- Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not your hand
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands
- Clean objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as doorknobs, phones and television remotes
- Eat healthy foods and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong
- Get plenty of rest or sleep
- Get your influenza vaccine
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone
- If you suspect you are sick, avoid visiting people in long term care, or individuals with health concerns
When to See a Doctor
- If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, seek medical care through your healthcare providers or walk-in clinic, or if necessary, at the Emergency Department. Please note the Community Wellbeing Centre is not a walk-in clinic.
- Visit the Emergency Department if you have severe symptoms of respiratory illness such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath when doing very little.
- If you are seeking medical attention and are experiencing respiratory symptoms, put on a mask as soon as you arrive to help protect others
- If you seek medical attention, tell your healthcare provider if you have traveled outside of Canada recently.
The Role of the Community Wellbeing Centre
The Community Wellbeing Centre is working continuously in our community to prevent and control the spread of infectious disease. Public Health Ontario, in Partnership with Ministry of Health, is working to develop guidance specific to this new virus.
Questions or Concerns?
Ministry of Health- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information for the Public
Public Health Agency of Canada- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Infection: Outbreak Update
Public Health Ontario- Novel Coronavirus 2019nCoV
Public Health Ontario- Testing Guidelines for Novel Coronavirus
Or Contact the Community Health Nurse at 613-967-3603