March 3, 2020
Risk remains low while COVID-19 cases increase in Ontario
The latest total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ontario is 20 – with three being completely resolved. Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, has stated that the COVID-19 virus does not appear to be spreading locally. With no cases stemming from people who have not traveled to an affected region, Toronto Health Services advises that the risk of being infected remains low.
The most reported cases of COVID-19 remain in China, with northern Italy and Iran also reporting significant numbers. Japan and South Korea experience the next largest outbreaks, followed by Hong Kong and Singapore.
Who should be vigilant?
Health authorities advise those who have recently returned from international travel and become ill with respiratory or flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves at home and contact Toronto Public Health by telephone at 416-338-7600 before visiting any healthcare centre. Call ahead to report your health and travel history before visiting a clinic. Please refer to our updated Frequently Asked Questions for answers to any concerns about COVID-19.
Viruses do not discriminate. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values compassion, respect and care for each other. We need to challenge the intolerance, harassment and bullying directed at Asian members of our community precipitated by this health scare.
Help fight the spread of COVID-19
As always, you can protect yourself during flu season – please remember regular influenza can be life-threatening, too – by following these simple, universal steps:
- Get the flu shot
- Cover your cough
- Wash your hands
- Sick? Stay home!
Health authorities also recommend frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common surfaces such as countertops, light switches, doorknobs and taps. We’ve got it covered! Since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in Canada, the College has increased the cleaning of these vital touch points, and placed more hand sanitizer throughout our campuses.
Avoid fake news!
To make sure you only receive accurate information, we keep the College community updated with broadcast emails and content on our web and social media pages using facts confirmed by officials at Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.
We understand that some people will find news about the coronavirus to be stressful, and may even have family overseas who are affected. It can help to speak with someone to ease your mind. Students can reach out to one of the College’s counsellors working in Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS);
Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Be well!