A communication issued by the Ministry of Health on January 27, 2020 has confirmed the first two presumptive cases of the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Ontario. These presumptive positive cases do not change the overall risk to Ontario, which is still considered low.
The province is working in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students and staff.
The 2019-nCoV virus has been identified at the same time that influenza (also known as the flu) and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common at this time of the year. Protective precautions against common respiratory ailments can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV.
Students, staff and family members are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, which include:
• get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only);
• wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
• cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
• if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and
• if you or your family members are ill, stay home.
For more information, please see the pdf communication from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams.
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