COVID-19 Pandemic

We want to provide you with an update on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to urge anyone returning from the Hubei Province to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms and to contact their local public health department.

Northwest supports this direction from health officials and asks the following of our employees returning from Hubei Province in the last 14 days:

  • Do not come in to work.
  • Self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date that you left Hubei Province. This means stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in your home.
  • Contact your local public health department within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. For Toronto residents, this means contacting Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.
  • Contact your Site Supervisor or Manager.

The Ontario Ministry of Health has now named current affected areas beyond mainland China to also include:

  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea 

If you have travelled from any of these affected areas in the last 14 days :

  • Monitor yourself for respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • Should these respiratory symptoms develop within 14 days after returning to Canada, seek medical care immediately. 
  • Inform your healthcare provider or your local public health department about symptoms and travel history before seeking medical care.

The virus is not currently circulating locally, but given the global situation and our mobile population, Toronto Public Health and their partners are actively working to plan for any potential local spread. They also recommend the following simple but powerful ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  2. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  3. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough in your sleeve.
  4. Stay at home when you are sick.

Northwest is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees and is actively monitoring the situation, taking necessary precautions and planning for any developments.

Thank you!

James McBean
Chief Operations Officer
Northwest Protection Services