Novel Coronavirus Updates

February 27, 2020

Originally posted Jan. 27, 2020. Last updated Feb. 27, 2020

This page will provide updates on the Novel Coronavirus as they become available. The Ministry of Health has released guidelines for primary care, along with posters. A website for healthcare providers is now live. You can also access information for the public on their site.

If you have any questions, you can also email


Relevant Links:

  • Ministry Of Health public site- Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  • Ministry of Health website for Health Care Professionals - Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  • Novel Coronavirus: Tips for Family Doctors (Updated)- OCFP
  • Situation Report #33 - A minor revision has been made to the case definition that was sent out yesterday to update the link to the Government of Canada’s website listing COVID-19 impacted areas. French translation also listed above.
  • Situation Report #32 - The case definition for COVID-19 is updated with new regions of the world where community transmission is ongoing. The French translation is underway. The attached map illustrates the impacted areas reflected in the updated case definition. (map and case definition listed above under Resurces)
  • Situation Report #31 - Two facts sheets (How to self-isolate and Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts) that were shared on February 20 have been translated into simplified Chinese and have been attached to this Situation Report. (listed above under Resources)
  • Situation Report #30
  • Situation Report #29
  • Situation Report #28
  • Situation Report #27 - The ministry has received numerous questions regarding when COVID-19 testing is appropriate. COVID-19 testing should be conducted when the patient meets the national case definition. While it is recommended that providers test in accordance with the current case definition, information about this virus continues to evolve. Therefore, providers may determine, based on assessment and clinical judgement, that testing for COVID-19 is appropriate outside of the case definition.
  • Situation Report #26 - has two information sheets regarding how to self isolate - listed above under 'Resources'
  • Situation Report #25
  • Situation Report #24 - In Ontario, there are zero persons under investigation with lab results pending. New signage has been attached that reflects the change in case definition to mainland China. Signs are currently in English, French and simplified Chinese.
  • Situation Report #23
  • Situation Report #22
  • Situation Report #21
  • Situation Report #20 - As of February 10, 2020, Public Health Ontario Laboratory pre-approval for COVID-19 testing is no longer required, provided that mandatory information is included on the requisition.
  • Situation Report # 19- Updated guidance documents for Acute Care, Paramedics, Primary Care, Home & Community Care and Long Term Care settings have been added to the ministry website. Additional guidance documents will be uploaded as appropriate. A Q&A document has been added to this Situation Report that will seek to answer common questions that have been received by the Ministry Emergency Operation Centre.
  • Situation Report # 18- The World Health Organization has renamed 2019-nCoV, with the formal name of COVID-19. This name change will be reflected in future documents published by the ministry.
  • Situation Report # 17- No new countries reported cases of 2019-nCoV in the past 24 hours
  • Situation Report # 16-  North America: United States (12 cases), Canada (7 cases)
  • Situation Report # 15 - The ministry continues to work with federal and local partners to support repatriated citizens who arrived on the two flights in Trenton yesterday. A third flight is tentatively scheduled to arrive in Trenton on February 11.
  • Situation Report # 14- The case definition has been updated and travel history has been expanded to mainland China. The updated definition is also reflected on the ministry’s website. The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated guidance for travellers who have recently been to Hubei province.
  • Situation Report # 13-  A Q & A document regarding current supplies in the province is attached. Health care providers facing immediate challenges with their personal protective equipment supply levels can email the ministry at
  • Situation Report # 12 - The ministry has developed an information sheet about 2019-nCoV to inform the public about the virus. It is now available on the government website in French, English and 17 other languages.
  • Situation Report #11 - The ministry continues to work with the federal government to confirm repatriation plans from Wuhan, China for Canadian citizens scheduled to arrive at CFB Trenton this week.
  • Situation Report #10 - The Ontario Medical Association has created a Summary of Guidance for Primary Care Providers in Community Based Settings to assist health system partners
  • Situation Report #9- North America: United States (8 cases), Canada (4 cases)
  • Situation Report #8- 3rd confirmed case in an individual with recent travel history to Wuhan
  • Situation Report #7 - 2019-nCoV case definition and Primary Care guidance (French and English) updated
  • Situation Report #6 - The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • Situation Report #5- website for healthcare providers is now live.
  • Situation Report #4- initial guidance document for Primary Care Providers available
  • Situation Report #3- The National Microbiology Laboratory confirmed the first case of 2019-nCoV that was initially reported as presumptive positive. The case continues to be stable. - Jan. 27, 2020
  • Situation Report #2- The presumptive confirmed case continues to be stable at Sunnybrook- Jan. 26, 2020
  • First presumptive confirmed case for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Ontario- Email sent of behalf of Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Jan. 25, 2020
  • Situation Report #1- Ontario identified a presumptive confirmed case in Toronto.  This is Ontario’s and Canada’s first case. Testing is ongoing for persons under investigation- Jan. 25, 2020
  • Assistant Chief Medical Officer of Health Letter- novel coronavirus- Jan. 24, 2020
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health Memo- Novel Coronavirus in China - Jan. 10, 2020