Ontario government changing how it provides coronavirus updates

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With several new cases of coronavirus being diagnosed almost every day in Ontario—there are currently 31 cases in the province, including three in the Region of Peel—the government has announced that it will be updating its COVID-19 website twice a day. 

The government says that every weekday at 10:30 a.m., the province has been updating its dedicated web page with the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario, including the number of cases currently under investigation; and the number of confirmed positive, negative and resolved cases.

The province says the web page will now be updated twice a day (10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.), seven days a week. 

The web page will also now include general information on each new confirmed case of COVID-19, including gender, age, public health unit, hospital (if applicable), where the virus was acquired and status. 

The health and well-being of the people of Ontario is our top priority,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in a news release. 

“Although the risk remains low, we are enhancing our reporting protocols as we continue to take decisive steps to protect the public. Ontarians can be fully confident that we are providing the information they need in order to protect themselves and their families.”

The province says that currently, the virus is not circulating locally. 

Last week, Ontario implemented an enhanced response structure to formally bring together experts across the health sector to provide clinical expertise and experience to implement provincial and regional plans. This government says that will ensure the province is ready to contain and respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Residents are encouraged to wash their hands and avoid touching their faces to help prevent contracting and spreading the virus. Residents are also asked to stay home if sick and to contact their local public health organization if they've returned from a country with an outbreak (mainland China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Iran or Japan) and are experiencing flu-like symptoms. 

Cover photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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