Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
This page is reviewed daily. Last updated: March 27, 2020.
Reminder to residents: Do not visit Regional buildings for answers to your COVID-19 questions.
- Grace period for water bill payments and free TransHelp rides
- Region of Peel clarification on alleged COVID-19 risk at Tim Horton's location in Brampton
- Peel Public Health advises non-essential businesses and event venues to close
- Changes to Regional building access
- Region of Peel declares Emergency to protect health and safety of residents and staff
Every action counts!
It’s more important now than ever to work together to flatten the curve. As COVID-19 spreads in the community, your actions matter. Stay at home, practice social distancing and, wash your hands frequently.
If you have questions about COVID-19, review the following information, or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216.
The following case information reflects what has been confirmed daily by Peel Public Health (PPH) as of March 28, at 10 a.m.
|Cases by age group|
|Less than 18 years||5|
|65 and older||22|
|Cases by city or town|
|Pending further information||3|
Regional services and facilities are temporarily affected as of Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice. View affected services and facilities.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. Learn what precautions you can take to help protect yourself and others.
The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures that require mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all individuals entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
Self-isolation means you must stay at home and monitor yourself for symptoms (even if mild) for 14 days and avoid contact with other people. If symptoms continue beyond the 14-day self-isolation period, continue to self-isolate until you are symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
Exceptions apply to some individuals who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services (e.g., health care workers)
The Government of Canada has advised against all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. Read the COVID-19 travel advisories for more information.
Peel Public Health can be reached at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216.
If you're feeling well, you do not need to contact public health. Our Public Health call centres are now open 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday.
If you have severe symptoms you should seek medical attention by calling 911. Inform 911 of your symptoms and recent travel history to make sure the right infection prevention and control precautions are taken.
Recommendations and infection prevention practices related to COVID-19 in community spaces..
For resources and guidance for health professionals attending to Peel residents concerned about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visit information for health professionals.
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses that have emerged in recent years include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause symptoms like the common cold but can advance, in some cases, to severe respiratory illness or even death. Coronaviruses are predominately passed from animals to people but can also spread from person-to-person.
How the virus spreads
Some coronaviruses can be transmitted from person to person, usually after close contact with an infected patient, for example, in a household, workplace, or health care centre.
There has been person-to-person transmission among those infected with COVID-19.
It's different than SARS or MERS-CoV
Although SARS and MERS-CoV are also coronaviruses, COVID-19 is a novel strain that has not been seen previously.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Common signs include fever, and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.
For more information please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's Novel Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage
When to contact a health care provider
As with other illnesses, you should call a health care provider if you experience:
- a high fever
- shortness of breath
- trouble breathing
Government information sources
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Telehealth Ontario
- Government of Canada travel advice and advisory
- Public Health Agency of Canada – frequently asked questions
Resources and handouts
Raise awareness of COVID-19 risks and protective actions in your school, workplace, place of worship or community.
The following resources are free to download, print and use by everyone: