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COVID-19: Toronto Public Health monitoring 104 cases, releases Self-Assesment test


COVID-19: Toronto Public Health monitoring 104 cases – Yesterday late afternoon Toronto Public Health announced that currently, there 108 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our city. Of these, 4 people have recovered from their illness. In Toronto, the number of cases has accelerated in recent days and includes local transmission.

If you are showing signs of the following symptoms, the City of Toronto has posted a self-assessment test provided by the province of Ontario.

Here is the test below:

If you think you have 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

If you are feeling unwell with any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever, new cough or difficulty breathing (or a combination of these symptoms)?
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhea? Symptoms in young children may also be non-specific (for example, lethargy, poor feeding).

And have experienced any of the following:

  • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Does someone you are in close contact with have COVID-19 (for example, someone in your household or workplace)?
  • Are you in close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms (for example, fever, cough or difficulty breathing) who recently travelled outside of Canada?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should seek clinical assessment for COVID-19 over the phone.

The majority of COVID-19 illnesses are mild. A clinician can help guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person. Please use one of the following options:

  • Contact your primary care provider (for example, family doctor). Let them know that you have used this self-assessment tool.
  • Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse. Let them know that you have used this self-assessment tool.

If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please visit your local emergency department. Call before you go and let them know you have used this self-assessment tool.

If you answered no to these questions, it is unlikely that you have COVID-19.

You should:

  • Continue to monitor your health for a full 14 days after your return to Ontario or have contact with someone who is ill. If you develop any new symptoms, please seek clinical assessment and testing for COVID-19.
  • Learn more about self-monitoring.

If you start to feel worse or have questions or concerns about your health, call your local public health unit, primary care provider (for example, family doctor) or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

“This increase of COVID-19 cases locally and within Canada is why you have seen all three levels of government implement unprecedented public health measures to require social distancing,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “We know these measures are disruptive and force adjustments to our daily lives. However, experiences from other jurisdictions demonstrate that they work, but not right away.”

“Social distancing is an effective way to slow infectious disease transmission, said Dr. de Villa. “However, we won’t see the effects immediately and we also know that we should expect to see continued increases in our case counts. “

Toronto Public Health also says based on their data we should expect to see continued increase in cases among people who travelled outside of Canada, especially from the United States.

Toronto’s medical officer of health says that at this time we are asking anyone who has travelled anywhere, outside of Canada, especially the United States to please stay home and avoid contact with others for 14 days after returning from travel. I’m also asking every person, business to make every effort and take opportunity to practice social distancing.

“My message to you today is simple: stay at home, stay safe and take care of each other,” said Dr. de Villa.

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