By: James Burrows

If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 the Ontario Government is asking you to immediately self isolate and use the online self assessment tool available at first before seeking further help. 

If you do not have access to the internet you can call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or York Region Public Health at 1-877-464-9675. Local medical clinics do not have testing available and only designated sites such as Southlake Regional Health Centre have testing available. 

Common symptoms of the virus include dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing but can also include other flu and cold-like symptoms. Only contact 911 if you need urgent medical care, are having difficulty breathing, or are experiencing other severe symptoms. 

Once you have been advised to visit an assessment centre and are living in Georgina, you can travel to the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket and go to the main entrance of the Emergency Department. You will be screened by a nurse.

The Ontario government wants you to know that not all cases that arrive will be tested. After you are assessed a determination will be made as to whether testing is necessary on site. 

Testing is being expanded across Ontario with now more than 400 cases testing positive across the province. For the current status of cases in Ontario, visit For cases specific to York Region, visit

Georgina has declared a state of emergency and it is important for individuals to remain as socially isolated as possible until further notice.

Visitation is also being restricted across Ontario hospitals, and is currently suspended at Southlake, for more information visit



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