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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping to keep Ontarians safe during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Find out how to protect yourself and how to recognize symptoms.

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Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at  1-866-797-0000 if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional.

Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

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  1. Status of cases in Ontario
  2. Declaration of emergency
  3. Coronaviruses
  4. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  5. Current affected areas
  6. Returning from travel
  7. Laboratory testing
  8. How Ontario is responding
  9. Symptoms and treatment
  10. How to protect yourself
  11. How to self-isolate
  12. How to care for someone with COVID-19
  13. Ontario Together calls for suppliers and solutions
  14. Information on the 2019 novel coronavirus for health care professionals
  15. Ontario news about the 2019 novel coronavirus
  16. Information sheet (available in multiple languages)
  17. Related

Status of cases in Ontario

This web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario, every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

Currently under investigation28417
Confirmed positive3489
Total number of patients approved for COVID-19 testing to date28506

1Patient negative based on testing performed at Public Health Ontario (PHO) Laboratory and non-Public Health Ontario laboratories.

2Test results are pending

3Patient still testing positive and has not had two consecutive negative results greater than 24 hours apart

4Patient is no longer infectious based on two consecutive negative tests performed at PHO Laboratory at least 24 hours apart

Last updated: March 23, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ET

New confirmed positive cases

Case information below may be updated as Public Health Units complete their investigations as of March 23, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Case numberPatient(age and gender)Public Health UnitTransmission(community, travel or close contact)Status 
42680s MaleHaliburton Kawartha Pineridgependingdeceased
42730s MaleYorkclose contactself-isolating
42850s MaleYorkclose contactself-isolating
42920s FemaleHastings Prince Edwardclose contactself-isolating
43040s MalePeelclose contactself-isolating
43150s MaleTorontopendingself-isolating
43230s FemaleYorkpendingself-isolating
43340s pendingTorontotravel (USA)self-isolating
43440s FemaleSudburytravel (Switzerland)self-isolating
435< 18 FemaleOttawatravelself-isolating
43650s MaleHaltontravel (Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Barbados)self-isolating
43760s FemaleSimcoe Muskokatravel (Egypt, Israel, London)self-isolating
438pending MalePeelclose contactself-isolating
43950s MaleTorontopendingself-isolating
44060s MaleTorontopendinginstitution
44120s FemaleTorontotravel (USA)self-isolating
44240s MaleHaltontravel (Jamaica)self-isolating
44390s MaleTorontopendinginstitution
44460s MaleWellington Dufferin Guelphpendingself-isolating
44520s FemaleHamiltonpendingpending
44670s FemaleDurhampendinghospitalized
44720s MaleTorontotravel (USA)self-isolating
44880s FemalePeelpendingself-isolating
44940s MalePeelclose contactself-isolating
45050s FemaleYorktravel (USA)hospitalized
45180s MaleHaliburton Kawartha Pineridgependingself-isolating
45240s MaleWaterloopendinginstitution
45350s FemaleOttawaclose contactself-isolating
45420s FemaleTorontotravel (London, Dubai)self-isolating
45590s FemaleTorontopendinginstitution
45640s pendingTorontopendingself-isolating
45760s FemaleEastern Ontarioclose contactself-isolating
45870s MalePeeltravel (Italy)self-isolating
45960s MaleYorkclose contactself-isolating
46070s FemaleKingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addingtonpendinghospitalized
46130s MaleYorktravel (USA)self-isolating
46250s MaleOttawapendinghospitalized
46390s pendingTorontopendinginstitution
46440s MaleDurhampendinghospitalized
46530s FemaleTorontopendinghospitalized
46640s Male Peelclose contactself-isolating
46740s FemaleTorontoclose contact self-isolating
46820s FemaleTorontotravel (Spain)self-isolating
46940s MaleYorktravel (Costa Rica)self-isolating
47060s FemaleYorkclose contactself-isolating
47170s MaleHamiltonclose contactself-isolating
47270s FemaleHamiltonclose contactself-isolating
47370s MaleDurhamclose contactself-isolating
47440s MaleTorontoclose contactself-isolating

No new cases as of March 23, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ET

Ontario COVID-19 update: March 23

  • Ordered the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses, starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Released an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool at
  • 58 COVID-19 assessment centres are now open
  • Helping frontline workers access emergency child care
  • $200 million in social services funding to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable people

Declaration of emergency

The province has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public.

As a result, the following establishments are required to close immediately:

  • all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery
  • all facilities providing indoor recreational programs
  • all public libraries
  • all private schools
  • all licensed child care centres
  • all movie cinemas
  • all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms
  • all concert venues

Additionally, all organized public events of over 50 people are prohibited, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship.

These orders will remain in place until March 31, 2020, when the province will reassess for an extension or end the closures.


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China.

The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.

Current affected areas

The number of countries now reporting cases of COVID-19 has expanded and continues to change on a daily basis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is maintaining lists of affected areas/countries in their daily Situation Report, which can be found on the WHO website.

Returning from travel

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada should:

  • self-isolate for 14 days when they return. People who are self-isolating should not go to work
  • monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after returning to Canada
  • contact their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at  1-866-797-0000 if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus

In addition:

  • Workers who have travelled and are part of workplaces that are essential to daily living are able to return to work as long as they do not have symptoms. However, they should self-monitor for a period of 14 days and identify themselves to their employer so that a plan can be put into place to ensure the protection of those workplaces.
  • Children under the age of 16 years who have travelled outside of Canada should also self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Parents should actively monitor their children’s symptoms. Children who are self-isolating should stay at home and avoid social gathering points such as community centres or parks.

Learn about travel advisories related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Laboratory testing

Testing is being conducted at many laboratories across the province, in coordination with the Public Health Ontario Laboratory and the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

How Ontario is responding

Ontario is working with its partners in the health care system implementing a robust plan to monitor for, detect and, if needed, isolate any cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Health is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians. This includes:

  • monitoring hospitals for potential cases of the virus in individuals with travel history to areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19
  • adding the 2019 novel coronavirus as a designated disease reportable under Ontario’s public health legislation, enabling local public health units to quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection
  • ongoing planning with federal and provincial/territorial partners and readiness to coordinate with other provinces/territories
  • through the work of the Command Table, refining and finalizing plans for the implementation of enhanced measures to ensure the province continues to be prepared to respond quickly and effectively to any scenario, including: enhanced access to screening; expanding lab-testing capacity; and implementing new initiatives to keep the public and frontline workers safe

Symptoms and treatment

Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe. The most common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose

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

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own.

You should:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get rest and sleep as much as possible
  • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

If you start to feel symptoms of COVID-19

  • Anyone who begins to feel unwell (fever, new cough or difficulty breathing) should return home and self-isolate immediately.
  • People who are self-isolating should seek clinical assessment over the phone – either by calling their primary care provider’s office or Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000. If you need additional assessment, your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario will direct you to in-person care options.

If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

How to protect yourself

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.

Everyday actions

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick

Poster: What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy

Social distancing

Everyone in Ontario should be practicing social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people.

Everyone in Ontario should do their best to avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families. Close contact includes being within two (2) meters of another person.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-monitor for a period of 14 days. This means that, in addition to social distancing, you should track how you feel. You should take your temperature daily and log any other symptoms that develop (for example, sore throat, new cough). You can share these records with your primary care provider over the phone if you seek assessment services.

How to self-isolate

Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community.

All persons over 70 years of age and individuals who are immunocompromised are advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This means that you should only leave your home or see other people for essential reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands.

When self-isolating you should:

Stay home

  • do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares
  • do not go to work, school or other public places
  • your health care provider will tell you when it is safe to leave

Limit the number of visitors in your home

  • only have visitors who you must see and keep the visits short
  • keep away from seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (for example, diabetes, lung problems, immune deficiency)

Avoid contact with others

  • stay in a separate room away from other people in your home as much as possible and use a separate bathroom if you have one
  • make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (for example, open windows)

Keep distance

  • if you are in a room with other people, keep a distance of at least two metres and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • if you cannot wear a mask, people should wear a mask when they are in the same room as you

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand
  • throw used tissues in a lined waste basket, and wash your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer.
  • after emptying the wastebasket wash your hands

Wash your hands

  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own cloth towel that no one else shares
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

  • wear a mask if you must leave your house to see a health care provider
  • wear a mask when you are within two metres of other people

Poster: How to self-isolate.

How to care for someone with COVID-19

Wash your hands often

  • wash your hands with soap and water after each contact with the infected person
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Wear mask and gloves

  • wear a mask and gloves when you have contact with the person’s saliva or other body fluids (for example, blood, sweat, saliva, vomit, urine and feces)

Dispose of gloves and mask after use

  • take the gloves and mask off right after you provide care and dispose of them in the wastebasket lined with the plastic bag
  • take off the gloves first and clean your hands with soap and water before taking off your mask.
  • clean your hands again with soap and water before touching your face or doing anything else

Limit the number of visitors in your home

  • only have visitors who you must see and keep the visits short
  • keep seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (for example, diabetes, lung problems, and immune deficiency) away from the infected person

Avoid sharing household items

  • do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with the person under investigation
  • after use, these items should be washed with soap or detergent in warm water. No special soap is needed
  • dishwashers and washing machines can be used
  • do not share cigarettes


  • clean your home with regular household cleaners
  • clean regularly touched items such as toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs and bedside tables on a daily basis

Wash laundry thoroughly

  • there is no need to separate the laundry, but you should wear gloves when handling
  • clean your hands with soap and water immediately after removing your gloves

Be careful when touching waste

  • all waste can go into regular garbage bins
  • when emptying wastebaskets, take care to not touch used tissues with your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer.
  • clean your hands with soap and water after emptying the wastebasket

Poster – Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

Ontario Together calls for suppliers and solutions

We welcome help from businesses and organizations. Tell us if you can:

Information on the 2019 novel coronavirus for health care professionals

If you are a health care professional, learn how to protect yourself and your patients by reading our guidance documents and learning about:

  • screening
  • laboratory testing
  • treatment recommendations
  • occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures

How to help

We are looking for people with experience in health care who can help us to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

If you’re a health care provider and you think you can help, find out what we’re looking for and contact us.

Ontario news about the 2019 novel coronavirus

Information sheet (available in multiple languages)

The Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages.

Updated: March 24, 2020

Published: January 25, 2020

Related information

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Government of Canada Travel Advisories
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World Health Organization
Poster – What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy

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