Statement - first presumptive confirmed case of coronavirus in Toronto

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received confirmation of Toronto’s first presumptive confirmed case of the coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. While I understand that this news may cause some fear and concern for Torontonians, it is important to know that we have a strong and capable public health system in place for just this reason and the risk of contracting the virus in Toronto remains low.

Toronto Public Health has a strong and experienced communicable disease surveillance program. They do this work each and every day. The TPH team is working with the affected individual and their health care team to follow up with all known contacts who may have been exposed to the virus. TPH is coordinating closely with provincial and national health agencies, hospitals, airports, and community agencies. 

As Chair of the Toronto Board of Health, I have full confidence in our Medical Officer of Health and the Toronto Public Health team and will continue to work closely with them to ensure the public remains protected and informed.

More information about coronavirus is available at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/