Local Public Health Officials Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Situation

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Huron Perth Public Health is working with the Ministry of Health, Health Canada, and local partners and stakeholders to monitor the novel coronavirus situation.

“While there are two presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario, the risk to Ontarians and our residents remains low at this time,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “The public health risk is continually being reassessed as new information becomes available, and we will let residents know if the risk level changes.”

On December 31, 2019, a cluster of cases of pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, China, and the cause has been confirmed as a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. This virus is now known as the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.

Huron Perth Public Health is recommending that if you have travelled to Hubei province in China and develop symptoms of novel coronavirus infection, avoid contact with others, stay home (self isolate), call your healthcare provider. Tell your healthcare provider:

  • your symptoms
  • where you have been travelling or living
  • if you have had direct contact with animals (for example: visited a live animal market)
  • if you have had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Common symptoms include fever, cough and respiratory symptoms, and difficulty breathing.

On January 22, 2019-nCoV became a reportable disease in Ontario, meaning that healthcare providers and organizations are required to report any suspect or confirmed case of 2019-nCoV to local public health authorities, so that public health can take measures to contain spread of infection.

If a suspected or confirmed case of novel coronavirus were to be identified in Huron or Perth, HPPH would work with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario Laboratory, and local hospitals in the management of the case and any contacts. 

For more information, residents are advised to seek information from credible sources, including: