Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Originally posted Jan. 27, 2020. Last updated August 10, 2020

This page will provide updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 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.

COVID Alert App

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Shared on July 31, 2020

The COVID Alert app is now available for free from the Apple and Google Play app stores.
This new made-in-Ontario mobile privacy-first app, a joint initiative of the Governments of Ontario and Canada, lets you know quickly if you may have been exposed to COVID-19. You can then get tested, sooner, to help protect yourself and those around you. 


COVID Alert also provides access to the most up-to-date public health advice and resources to anyone who receives a message that they may have been exposed to the virus, including recommended actions, such as: get tested, self-isolate, or monitor for symptoms. To protect the privacy of all users, the app does not share any details about the time, date, or place of any potential exposure; and does not collect or share any personal information, such as the name, phone number, permanent device identifiers, locations or testing status of any users. 
 
By alerting more Ontarians faster of potential exposure to COVID-19 and providing direct access to public health resources, COVID Alert can help keep us safe and help reduce community spread. 
 
While the app is voluntary, everyone is encouraged download and use the app to help protect yourself and your colleagues. Please promote and introduce this key tool to your colleagues, family, friends, neighbours, and patients. The more of us who use the app, the more effective it will be in helping to stop the spread.

Stay safe and don’t forget that physical distancing, wearing face coverings, practicing good hand hygiene and keeping our social circles safe have been and remain critical in helping us stop COVID-19. 


Protect yourself, protect others. We are in this fight together.
 

COVID Alert Marketing Materials are available here: 

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Hamilton and McMaster FHTs provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing for 60 people per day

Y108 News article published April 23, 2020

By Lisa Polewski

Hamiltonians can now book a COVID-19 test at the city's drive-thru site, based inside the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
It’s not quite the same as a fast-food drive-thru, but the COVID-19 testing centre at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena is as efficient as it gets.

Since Hamilton’s third testing site opened its doors a week ago, they’ve been testing about 60 people per day.