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WeRPN is committed to providing up to date information to nurses about the status of the Coronavirus in Ontario and Canada.

We are in close contact with the Ministry of Health and participating in daily phone calls to receive the lastest information and support Ontario nurses and our fellow health professionals in responding to this virus.

This page will be updated regularly to direct nurses to the latest, relevant information. We also encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario sites for more information. The Ministry has also created a dedidated website for health care professionals.

For details on the Status of Cases in Ontario click here

About Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

On December 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.


Symptoms range from common to severe respiratory illnesses and include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia and kidney failure

In severe cases, death can be an outcome.

How to protect yourself

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:

  • washing your hands often
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette

If you are travelling to an area known to have cases of coronavirus, be sure to avoid:

  • high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered
  • contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds
  • surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them

We recommend nurses review the CNO Practice Guideline: Refusing Assignments and Discontinuing Nursing Services

Guidance for Health Professionals

The Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario are in the process of developing  guidance specific to 2019-nCoV. Below are the latest guidance documents:

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) Guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting

Guidance for Acute Care

Guidance for Home and Community Care

Guidance for Long-Term Care

Additional Resources

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Testing

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization