The 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory infection and spreads mainly from person to person. Those with a weakened immune system are more at risk, which may be the case for older people and those with chronic diseases. The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020. Since then, the World Health Organization has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. We are taking precautions at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) to ensure the safety of our staff, patients, and community.
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