Public Health Authorities Resources and Notices

Reliable and up to date COVID-19 health information

A group of students look into the viewfinder of a digital camera
Nia Centre for the Arts. Creative Connect: Black Lens Photography Mentorship Sessions. Photo by Sanique Walters (2020)


HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF (source: Toronto Public Health)

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention measures include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Stay home when you are ill
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

▶ For information on symptoms and treatment, visit:
Health Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Symptoms and treatment

▶ If you are experiencing symptoms, call: 
Telehealth Ontario
Toll-free Telephone: 1-866-797-0000
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007

▶ Chat live with a Public Health Nurse: 
Toronto Public Health eChat
Service Available: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

▶ Note: The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned against using ibuprofen (advil) to manage symptoms of COVID-19.


▶ Health Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources 
Awareness resources, fact sheets 

▶ Health Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
Updates, travel, mass gatherings, advisories, symptoms, risks, prevention

▶ Ontario Ministry of Health: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Daily updates on COVID-19

▶ Public Health Ontario: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 
Current situation in Ontario and fact sheets: monitoring, isolation, guide for caregivers. Available in Chinese

▶ Toronto Public Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
Daily briefings at 3:45 p.m. on Youtube HERE
Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after you travel and how to recognize possible symptoms 

▶ World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports 
Daily situation reports from a global perspective


  • Toronto Distress Centre: (416) 408–4357
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre: 416-929-5200
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 416-863-0511  Text: #SAFE (#7233)
  • CAMH Emergency Dept. Self-referrals 416-535-8501, press 2.
  • Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (1-855-449-9949 OR
    The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health’s support line is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of mental health counsellors who provide individualized supportive counselling, system navigation, and customized information and education to caregivers, individuals living with chronic mental illness, and our community as a whole. Whether someone is dealing with increased stress and anxiety due to the pandemic, or experiencing challenges related to a mental health issue, they are here to help.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): Mental Health and COVID-19
Resources on how to manage fear and anxiety specific to the COVID-19 pandemic

TDSB: Mental Health and Well-Being Resources During Covid-19
Key resources to help engage with and support children and youth around the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and well-being.

Wellness Together Canada
An online portal that provides free services dedicated to mental wellness and substance use support

Workman Arts: Mental Health Check-In: Adjusting to Losing Work for Artists
Over the next few weeks, Workman Arts will be offering some mental health check-ins for the arts community. Begins May 1, 2020