Update on Wuhan coronavirus (2019nCoV) as of Friday, January 31st, 2020

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Current Situation

Ontario has two confirmed cases of Wuhan Coronavirus. Two cases were found in Toronto, Ontario. All cases were identified in individuals who had traveled to the city of Wuhan, China in the 14 days prior to becoming ill.

A cluster of undiagnosed viral pneumonia cases were first reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, and has now been confirmed as the result of a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.

The current situation is evolving. New information is becoming available daily and a clearer picture is being formed as this information is analyzed by provincial, national and international health agencies.

Symptoms of the Wuhan Coronavirus

Currently, only persons who become ill within 14 days of having visited Wuhan, China or having been in close contact with someone who has a respiratory illness who has been to Wuhan within 14 days prior to their illness onset are considered at risk for 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 Wuhan coronavirus, 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 Wuhan coronavirus in Wuhan, China 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 Wuhan 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 Wuhan 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

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

Government of Canada Website – Wuhan Coronavirus

Government of Ontario Website – Wuhan Coronavirus