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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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Novel coronavirus can cause illness ranging from a very mild, cold-like illness to a severe lung infection. Some common symptoms are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue

Some people such as the elderly and those who are immunocompromised may not develop a fever. For these individuals, the presence of new/worse cough or difficulty breathing may be enough to trigger further precautions.

Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

Newest Guidelines/Documents 


Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): If unable to access PPE through the usual suppliers see the Ontario Health: Quick Reference - PPE and Critical Supplies Escalation Process for assistance in requesting from the provincial supply.

Increased frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces is significant in controlling the spread of microorganisms during a respiratory infection outbreak. Environmental cleaning products registered in Canada with a Drug Identification Number (DIN) and labelled as a broad-spectrum virucide are sufficient for 2019-nCoV. All surfaces, especially those that are horizontal and frequently touched, should be cleaned at least twice daily and when soiled. The healthcare organization's terminal cleaning protocol for cleaning of the patient's room after discharge, transfer, or discontinuation of contact and droplet precautions should be followed.

Public Settings

Case Management



  • Novel coronavirus is reportable under Ontario's public health legislation. If you suspect an individual may be infected with COVID-19, report the suspected case to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit immediately. Laboratory confirmation is not required to report a suspected COVID-19 case.
  • COVID-19 Reporting Form 



Specimen Collection Information


Other Links

  • Information Sheets in multiple languages on: How to self monitor; Self-isolation; and Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts

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