The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): March 28 Update

A man walks past a COVID-19 alert sign in Vancouver.
Source: The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward

Date Updated: March 28, 2020

This website summarizes up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 cases in Ontario and guidelines on how to stay safe during the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The province has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of disease. These measures are set to last until April 13, 2020, after which closures will be reassessed. These measures include prohibiting gatherings of over five people, closing non-essential businesses, and restricting restaurants to providing takeout and food delivery services only. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from mild to severe respiratory infections. It spreads mainly between people through close contacts and can affect people with weakened immune systems more severely. Travellers returning to Canada from travel outside the country are required to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with others in order to avoid spreading disease to others in your home and in the community. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. Complications from coronavirus can include pneumonia, kidney failure, and death. People experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and seek clinical assessment and instructions over the phone with either their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Currently, there is no vaccine for protecting against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but actions can be taken to prevent its spread. This includes frequently washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, staying at home if you are sick, and practicing physical distancing to reduce exposure to other people. Physical distancing involves doing your best to avoid close contact (physically being more than 2 meters away) with people outside of immediate family.

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Summary by: Angus Lau