Novel Coronavirus

Algoma Public Health

Novel Coronavirus

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On this page:


  1. Reliable information
  2. Up-to-date cases in Ontario
  3. Situation
  4. Travellers returning from affected areas
  5. Protect yourself
  6. Provincial guidance documents on the Novel Coronavirus

Reliable Information

Misinformation about health issues can be harmful. Get your information about the coronavirus outbreak from current and reliable sources. 

 View up-to-date cases in Ontario.  

Every week day at 10:30 a.m. ET,  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 Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the World Health Organization.  

  • Algoma Public Health is also closely monitoring the situation with local, provincial and federal partners. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.

  • On December 31, 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in Hubei province, Central China, issued a public statement that they had identified an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause. The cause has been confirmed as a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.

Protect yourself

To reduce the spread of germs we recommend that you:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm running water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
  • Get your flu shot

Travellers returning from affected areas

Travellers who have returned from Hubei province, including Wuhan City, should:

  • contact Algoma Public Health within 24 hours of arriving in Canada
  • stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province
  • Contact their local public health department within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. For Algoma residents, this means contacting Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404.  

Travellers who have returned from mainland China should:

  • monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after leaving China
  • if symptoms develop, seek medical care and call ahead to inform their health provider and their local public health department of about their recent travel. Algoma residents and health providers may reach Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404

Learn about travel advisories related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Provincial guidance documents on the Novel Coronavirus