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Coronavirus update (February 14)

Public health reported the first diagnosed case of coronavirus in Ontario on January 25th. The number of cases worldwide is now over 55,000.

The Emergency Operations Centre with the Government of Ontario has been diligently working on responding to the situation and updating interested organizations.  ODHA participates in a daily update as well as receiving situation update reports.

There are a number of resources that are available for dental hygienists – both as professionals and personally.


The Ontario Ministry of Health’s website for health-care professions.

Focused guidelines related to specific sectors (e.g., acute care, long-term care, paramedic services) of care.  Guidance – as well as one-page summaries – for other sectors are expected to be provided with updates to this page.

The Ontario Government also has a general coronavirus website which is updated every weekday at 10:30 a.m.

Public Health Ontario has added a section to their website with summaries of current literature that answers some frequent questions about 2019-nCoV.

Novel Coronavirus infection: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Government of Canada

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “situation summary”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) situation reports.

Johns Hopkins global coronavirus map.