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Coronavirus Information for Patients and Families

Updated January 26, 2020

Unity Health Toronto is actively monitoring the situation with the novel Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as it unfolds. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada states that the risk to Canadians is low. For more detailed information on the status of the virus and risk to Canadians, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada or Ontario Ministry of Health websites.

If you feel ill or have any symptoms of a respiratory virus we are asking visitors to please avoid coming into the hospital until you feel better and are symptom free.

It’s also important that you clean your hands before entering the hospital and as often as possible during your stay with us.

What measures are in place to prevent transmission of the virus?

There is currently no restriction for visitors to our hospitals. All of our sites have signage posted indicating that visitors who are ill should not visit and staff are encouraged to remind visitors of this. While this does not apply to all visitors, family members or others accompanying a patient with suspected 2019 nCoV will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. Patients who meet the criteria for our suspected case definition will be placed in full precautions and testing will be requested from the provincial lab.

Information for patients

If you have a clinic appointment, test or other procedure scheduled, and have any of the following symptoms, please call your clinic to see if you should still come to the hospital.

Symptoms to watch for:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Full-body rash
  • Diarrhea

It is very important that you let your care team know about any recent travel.