Update on the novel coronavirus situation

*For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Renfrew Public Health website.

What is the current risk of contracting coronavirus here in eastern Ontario?

Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada states that the risk to Canadians is low.

What is ARH doing?

The ARH team is well prepared, ready to respond and closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as the situation unfolds.

We are actively screening patients in the Emergency Department with a focus on their recent travel history in addition to specific symptoms to determine if they may be at risk.

Any patient who is screened positive for the novel coronavirus will be placed on additional precautions and testing will be completed.

What to do if you think you may have the novel coronavirus?

If you suspect you or a family member has the virus:

  • First, decide whether you need to come to the Emergency Department.
  • When you arrive at the Emergency Department, please clean your hands and put on a mask provided at the Triage Desk. Let the care team know about any recent travel and symptoms.

What symptoms do I need to watch for?

In addition to recent travel, symptoms to watch for include:

  • Fever


  • Acute respiratory illness

Can I visit my loved one or friend in the hospital?

We have not limited visitor access to the hospital. However, please do not visit the hospital if you feel ill or have any symptoms of a respiratory virus.