Novel Coronavirus (2019)
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Information for travellers returning from affected areas
If you have travelled from mainland China within the past 14 days, you should:
- Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada if you plan on travelling to Windsor
- Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
If you have travelled from Hubei, China within the past 14 days, you should:
- In addition to contacting Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in your home, for a total of 14 days from the date that you left mainland China
There are currently NO cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Windsor and Essex County. The overall risk is LOW for residents of Windsor and Essex County.
Presumptive* and Confirmed Cases in Ontario
Confirmed Cases in Windsor and Essex County
Last Updated: February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Every week day at 10:30 a.m., the Province of Ontario's Novel Coronavirus web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website will be updated every week day at 11 a.m.
January 31, 2020 - There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
January 30, 2020 - The World Health Organization declaring a global public health emergency over the 2019 Novel Coronavirus does raise concerns, but nothing has changed as far as local preparedness.
January 29, 2020 - The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 in China and around the world. We are keeping our local partners (e.g., Windsor Regional Hospital, Erie Shore HealthCare, Essex Windsor EMS, primary care providers and local school boards) informed of the evolving situation and providing guidance on how best to prepare and assess individuals suspected of COVID-19. We are also prepared locally to detect and contain the spread of the virus in the unlikely event of a first case of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County.
Frequently Asked Questions
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is different from the other types of coronaviruses. It was first identified in Wuhan, China and is causing severe disease that is responsible for more than 4500 cases and 106 deaths worldwide (as of January 28, 2020).
Symptoms range from mild to severe respiratory illness including fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
The risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County is low. You may have come into contact with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus if you:
If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel, avoid contact with others and call your health care provider or the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146, ext.1420. Tell them of your symptoms and that you were travelling in mainland China.
There are number of respiratory viruses that are circulating in the community. In the absence of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community, you are more likely to contract Influenza than the COVID-19. The precautions to protect yourself against COVID-19 the same as those used to protect against common respiratory illnesses, such as the flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of respiratory illness, which include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Stay home when you are ill.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
At this point in time, there is no need to wear any mask unless you are symptomatic or taking care of a suspect case of COVID-19. It is recommended that you follow usual health precautions above and follow the instructions provided by health care facilities.
There is still a lot that is unknown about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it spreads. In general, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in Canada associated with imported goods.
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For more information
- Infection Prevention: Tips to Avoid Getting Sick
- Government of Ontario: Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- Government of Canada: 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection (Wuhan, China): Outbreak Update
- World Health Organization
For Healthcare Providers
Signage and Resources
- Instruction Sheet Coronavirus Investigation (PDF)