COVID-19 general information and precautions

Taking precautionary measures is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene. Clean your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Instructions on how to clean your hands properly can be found here.
  2. Wear a non-medical mask or face covering, especially when physical distancing may be a challenge. Learn how to wear one safely.
  3. Maintain physical distancing by staying at least 2 metres or 6 feet from those outside your household.
  4. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  5. Avoid touching your face, including when you are wearing a mask.
  6. Stay home when you are sick.


 Intensive care unitsInpatient unitsTotal
St. Joseph’s102939
St. Michael’s131528
 HospitalHouses of Providence*Total

Total number of COVID-19 cases at Unity Health Toronto sites: 73

* Long-term care house at Providence Healthcare

Last updated: May 17, 2021 @ 10:19 am


Important message about patient admissions

As the number of patients we serve increases, we want to ensure all patients receive excellent and timely care. This may mean your care could be transferred to another hospital. Delivering safe, high quality care is our top priority and a transfer would occur only when we are confident care needs could be met equally as well by another hospital. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these unprecedented times.


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever 
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath

A full list of symptoms and signs of COVID-19, as defined by the provincial Ministry of Health, can be found here.

If you have the correct risk factors, your care team will wear protective equipment and place you in a room separate from other patients. After a careful review, a decision will be made as to whether you need testing, where this should be done, and whether you need to go to the emergency department (if you are not already there) and whether you need to be admitted to hospital. Patients that have very mild symptoms may be sent home with instructions to isolate at home while awaiting test results and will be followed by public health. 

If you are concerned about your symptoms and/or worried about potential exposure to COVID-19, we encourage you to take the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment to determine if you need to visit an assessment centre or self-isolate at home

There is a new user-friendly online portal where the public can easily access their COVID-19 lab test results.

At Unity Health, masks are given to all patients when they come in through our entrances. Please speak with someone at the entrance if you have any concerns.

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:

  • washing your hands often using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • keeping a safe distance of 2 metres or 6 feet from other individuals
  • covering your cough with a tissue or sneeze in your elbow
  • staying home when you are sick
  • frequently cleaning and disinfecting touched objects and surfaces

For detailed information on the status of the virus and risk to Canadians, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada or Ontario Ministry of Health websites.