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Novel coronavirus

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is engaging with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (also known as 2019-nCoV), and to protect the health and safety of patients and health care providers, including nurses. 

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has created a website for health care professionals to provide up-to-date information. You can also review your accountabilities on our Infection Prevention and Control page, which links to relevant practice standards and external resources.

In December 2019, the novel coronavirus emerged in the city of Wuhan, China. Since then, this respiratory virus has been reported in multiple countries, including Canada.

Symptoms of the virus range from mild to severe. They can include fever and cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia and kidney failure. In severe cases, it can cause death.

CNO understands the impact of this outbreak on nurses involved with direct patient care. We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to provide updates as we learn more.

If you’re a nurse with questions about your accountabilities when caring for patients affected with the new coronavirus, email us: practicesupport@cnomail.org.

Page last reviewed January 28, 2020