2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Every weekday at 10:30 a.m. ET, the Province of Ontario’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information, including the status of cases in Ontario. To access this information, please click the button to the right.


Symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

Currently, only persons who become ill within 14 days of having visited Hubei Province, including the city of Wuhan, China or having been in close contact with someone who has a respiratory illness who has been to Hubei Province, including Wuhan, China within 14 days prior to their illness onset are considered at risk for 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection. Common symptoms of infection include fever, cough and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Please note that there is a low mortality rate associated with the virus, especially in comparison to SARS. Most individuals infected by the virus will recover. Thus far, fatalities have been mainly people with underlying serious health problems.

Risk to Residents of Chatham-Kent

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus  as low for Canada and for Canadian travelers.

Please note that the Public Health risk is reassessed on a continual basis as new information becomes available.

How is CK Public Health monitoring the situation?

CK Public Health is following the lead of the Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and the Public Health Agency of Canada in responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  CK Public Health has a strong partnership with local hospitals that have put measures in place to screen individuals who are suspected of being infected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Please read signs and follow all instructions when visiting a hospital.

Recommendations to Residents of Chatham-Kent

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, CK Public Health advises Chatham-Kent residents to:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand
  3. Stay home if you are sick
  4. Avoid contact with people who are sick
  5. Visit your Health Care Provider or nearest pharmacy to get your flu shot
  6.  Avoid non-essential travel to China 

For further information and the most up-to-date announcements regarding the Wuhan Coronavirus, please visit:

Government of Canada Website – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Government of Ontario Website – 2019 Novel Coronavirus