“As we continue to see growing COVID-19 cases around the world, we expect to continue to see travel-related cases in Niagara.” -Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara Region’s acting Medical Officer of Health
More News on the Coronavirus Outbreak from Niagara, Ontario’s Regional Government
Posted March 15th, 2020 on Niaggara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is investigating a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a 55-year-old female with a travel history to Egypt. This is Niagara region’s second case of COVID-19.
The patient is recovering at home in self-isolation. The patient has interacted only with a family member during the time she may have been contagious, and has not exposed anyone in the community. All protocols were followed by health care providers resulting in no exposure of themselves nor other patients.
“As we continue to see growing COVID-19 cases around the world, we expect to continue to see travel-related cases in Niagara,” said Dr. Mustafa Hirji, medical officer of health (acting), Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services.
“However, we are not seeing any local circulation of the virus, and so our risk remains low. Everyone should feel comfortable continuing with their daily activities.”
Contact Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services by calling 905-688-8248 ext. 7019 or toll-free 1-888-505-6074 if you have a fever, or new cough, or shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, and any of the following:
* Travelled outside of Canada in the 14 days before onset of illness
* Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
* Close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who travelled to affected areas <https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html> within 14 days prior to their illness onset
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 is to –
- * Avoid all non-essential international travel, as recommended by Provincial and Federal health authorities
- * Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand ru
- * Stay home if you’re sick
- * Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleev
- * Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily. Use a disinfectant and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- * Call ahead if visiting your health care provider for infectious symptoms so they can plan to protect others from spread
As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind everyone the importance of using credible sources to stay informed. We update our website frequently as new information is confirmed. We encourage all Niagara residents to visit our
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage .
For information regarding travel, please visit the Government of Canada website <https://travel.gc.ca/>.
Visit Ontario’s website <https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus> to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Watch video with Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mustafa Hirji, first circulated this past March 13th, by clicking on the screen below –
For news Niagara At Large posted this March 13th on the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Niagara, Ontario, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/03/13/first-confirmed-case-of-covid-19-in-niagara-ontario/
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