As you may be aware, there are now two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario. The Ontario Medical Officer of Health states that students, parents, and school communities should rest assured that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students and staff.
It is important to note that the novel coronavirus has been identified at the same time that the flu and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common to this time of year. School community members including students, staff, and parents are reminded to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of flu and respiratory illness, which include:
- Get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only).
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Stay home if you are ill.
- Consult your physician if you have any concerns.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is in regular contact with local health units. Both the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit have assured us that the risk to Ontarians remains low. More information about novel coronavirus may be found here: