Taras Natyshak MPP, Essex

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 - Information for Constituents

Published on March 13, 2020

Updates are available daily on the following websites:


Information from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on local cases, how to protect yourself, and where to seek further medical support.


Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick, and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.


Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Updates on the national response, travel advice, and preparedness.


Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.

For Medical Advice

Telehealth Ontario

For medical advice, you may contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information is available in multiple languages. 

Telephone: 1-866-797-0000


If you have recently traveled 

Travellers returning to Windsor-Essex from Hubei province (China), Iran or Italy should:

  • Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit  at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 within 24 hours of arriving
  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including others at home, for a total of 14 days from the date you left Hubei province (China), Iran or Italy
  • Contact the Windsor-Essex Health Unit if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing)

Travellers returning to Essex County from all other countries are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

Symptoms including fever, cough or difficulty breathing may develop up to 14 days after departure. If you develop symptoms within 14 days, you should:

  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including others at home
  • Call Windsor Essex County Health Unit 519-258-2146 ext. 2146

Call ahead before going to a medical office or an emergency department to allow health care staff to manage your case appropriately.


School Closures, Travel, and Social Distancing 

On March 12, the Minister of Education announced that all publicly-funded schools will be close for two weeks following March Break, meaning schools will remained closed until April 3. 

On March 13, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health, advised every Canadian to cancel all travel outside of Canada.

On March 13, Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams called for the “immediate suspension” of all gatherings over 250 people.


Queen's Park

As of March 13, the Legislature is set to resume operations on Monday, March 23. However, yesterday all parties approved an emergency measure to potentially suspend operations, if the crisis worsens. 

All party leaders, including NDP leader Andrea Horwath, met with the Premier on March 11 for an update on the province’s response.

The Ontario NDP has also been advocating for stronger protections for workers, by calling for the government to reinstate paid sick leave and to halt the requirement for sick notes.


Our Constituency Office 

Updated March 14, 2020 

Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the safety of our community and my constituency office team, our Community Office in Essex will be closed for in-person indefinitely. I will continue to monitor the situation and seek the input of public health officials on the need to keep this protocol in place for the following weeks.

Please direct your inquiries via email at [email protected] or by telephone at 519-776-6420 or 1-800-265-3909. Email and phone messages will be checked frequently. We will try to get back to you as soon as we can, but we ask for your patience due to the high volume of inquires we are getting at this stressful time.