A new virus, COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV) not previously seen in humans, has been reported as the cause of several pneumonia cases originating in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is a unique strain of a common virus that is responsible for many colds and respiratory infections. Symptoms of this illness have ranged from mild cold-like symptoms to severe illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is working closely with Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health to monitor the situation. We are working proactively to prepare for any potential cases in our area, and protect our community.
HPEPH has been working with the provincial Ministry of Health and the federal government to support the repatriation of Canadians from Hubei province in China. For more information about this process, including measures in place to protect the local community, please:
- Review the February 10 Media Release – Community Safety a Top Priority in 2019-nCoV Repatriation Efforts
- Review the February 7 Message from Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH
- Review the February 3 update issued by Neil Ellis, MP for the Bay of Quinte area.
- Contact the Federal Government at 1-833-784-4397.
For more general information about COVID-19 please review our Frequently Asked Questions below, or visit the Ministry of Health’s information page about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. If you are a healthcare provider, you can find additional resources at the bottom of this page.
Last updated: February 13, 2020.