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Current situation

Getting tested

As of May 26, 2020 all residents who have at least one COVID-19 symptom, or are concerned that they have been exposed are encouraged to get assessed and tested at an Assessment Centre (see Assessment and testing).

Doing your part

As restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens, it is more important than ever that we all take the direction of public health seriously. Residents need to continue to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • stay home as much as possible
  • wash hands frequently
  • when outside the home, practice physical distancing
  • wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained

On May 22, 2020, the Halton Region Medical Officer of Health issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This Order requires residents who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and all associated close contacts to stay home for 14 days and self-isolate. Learn more about the Class Order in the Self-isolation section of this webpage or view our fact sheet.

Protecting the community

Halton Region Public Health is working to protect the safety and health of all Halton residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest evidence from local data suggests that physical distancing and other public health measures are helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Learn how Public Health is protecting residents and what you can do to stay safe.

Current cases in Halton

Daily case tables

Daily case table updates now feature the number of lab-confirmed cases by age range and municipality to show a clear image of the current situation. This approach aligns with the information provided at

Last update: Friday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Age group Confirmed cases Probable cases* Total Outcomes among total cases
Deaths Recoveries
0-19 28 24 52 0 41
20-39 157 21 178 0 142
40-59 237 18 255 5 210
60-79 121 11 132 5 107
80+ 92 0 92 15 64
Total 635 74 709 25 555
Change from yesterday +7 -1 +6 0 +9
  • Among the total 709 Halton cases, 78 (11%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak.
  • Among the total 25 Halton deaths, 11 (44%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak.
Data notes
  • Extracted from iPHIS at 7 a.m. on May 29, 2020, with data current to end of day on May 28, 2020. All data are dynamic and subject to change with future updates.
    • iPHIS is a dynamic disease reporting system which allows ongoing updates to data previously entered.
    • As a result, data extracted from iPHIS represent a snapshot at the time of extraction and may differ from previous or subsequent reports.
    • Based on information gathered while doing case investigation, numbers may increase or decrease daily to reflect our most up to date information. 
    • Our main priority in outbreak management is prevention. Ensuring appropriate measures are being taken by the institutions requires time, in addition to collecting information on the status of the residents.  For this reason, outbreak counts take time to be updated in iPHIS.
  • As of May 11, probable cases are defined as epi-linked cases, which means they are presumed to have COVID-19 because they have symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and (a) have travelled to an affected area; and/or (b) have had close contact with a confirmed case; and/or (c) lived in or worked in a facility known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.
  • All data includes only individuals whose main usual residence is in Halton Region.
  • Deaths and recoveries are a subset of total cases.
    • Cases are considered to be recovered if their symptoms have resolved, at least 14 days have passed since symptom onset, and the case has been closed in iPHIS.
    • Deaths include any death that occurred among a person who tested positive for COVID-19, even if the death may not have been directly attributable to COVID-19.
  • The change from yesterday reflects how much higher or lower the count is compared to the tables published yesterday. The change does not reflect when cases’ symptoms began.
  • Date declared for outbreaks reflects the outbreak classification date in iPHIS.
  • Outbreaks may be listed with zero confirmed cases in residents/patients, because an outbreak can be declared if there is a confirmed case in one or more staff members. The number of cases among staff members has not been included because it can be difficult to track, since many staff members live outside Halton and are managed by the health unit where they reside.
  • The outbreak tables and the counts of residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak refer only to confirmed outbreaks in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and hospitals. 

Surveillance reports

COVID-19 health advice

  • Most people with COVID-19 infection will develop mild symptoms and will recover on their own at home.
  • The risk of severe illness and outcomes is higher for older adults and those with weakened immune systems and underlying medical conditions (diabetes, heart and lung disease).
  • For a list of tip sheets and resources on COVID-19, such as cleaning and disinfection, guidelines for self-isolation or taking care of yourself and others, visit Public Health Ontario (external link).
  • For more information, email or call 311.

Residents who have at least one COVID-19 symptom or are concerned that they have been exposed are encouraged to get assessed and tested at an Assessment Centre.

  • Residents of Oakville, Milton or Halton Hills: Call 905-203-7963 to book an appointment at a Halton Healthcare Assessment Centre.
  • Residents of Burlington: Call 905-632-3737, ext. 6550 to book an appointment at Joseph Brant Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Clinic.

In order to maintain physical distancing and avoid crowding, testing is by appointment only at Assessment Centres. There are no walk-in Assessment Centres in Halton Region.

Other options for assessment:

If you have COVID-19 related questions, email or call 311.

The Government of Ontario has increased Public Health Units’ capacity to stop COVID-19 (external link), including a new user-friendly online portal (external link) for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results, both positive and negative.

  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting lab test results, you are encouraged to check the provincial online portal (external link) for your results.
    • NOTE: If you have accessed your results from the portal and you see “unavailable", this means that your sample was sent to another lab for testing and those results cannot be accessed via the online portal at this time. Until you receive confirmed results, please continue to self-isolate. The Ministry of Health is currently working to resolve this issue.
  • Halton Region Public Health will only contact residents or follow up with those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Staff members of long-term care homes who were tested as part of mass testing will be notified directly by Public Health of their test results, once they are available.

Serologic testing detects antibodies that are produced in response to a viral infection of COVID-19. On May 12, 2020, Health Canada authorized the first COVID-19 serological test for use in Canada. Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force will be leading the collection of samples to be tested. Local Public Health Units currently do not have access to this test. For more information, refer to Health Canada’s news release (external link).

Currently, in Canada, laboratories are using nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) to diagnose COVID-19. This test detects genetic material from the COVID-19 virus.

Additional information

Halton Region Public Health is closely monitoring the evolving situation. We are working closely in collaboration with local, provincial and federal governments, as well as health-care providers and hospitals, police, long-term care homes and other community partners.

Halton Region Public Health:

  • educates the public regarding steps they can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19;
  • assesses the risk among residents with symptoms and determines what further care is required;
  • coordinates testing (when required) at an appropriate location;
  • ensures those who are showing symptoms understand how to reduce the risk of transmission to others; and
  • provides guidance to cases and their contacts, such as self-isolation protocols and monitoring for symptoms to minimize the risk of spread.

Outdoor recreational amenities will remain closed until June 9, 2020 as an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (external link). Affected open spaces include:

  • playgrounds
  • play structures and equipment
  • outdoor exercise equipment
  • public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities

Effective May 19, 2020, the following outdoor recreational amenities are permitted to open:

  • outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields
  • off-leash dog areas
  • outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas

Bronte Creek Provincial Park reopened on May 15, 2020 for limited day-use activities such as walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. All buildings and facilities in Provincial parks (such as washrooms, water taps, roofed accommodations and playgrounds) remain closed.

As of May 22, 2020, five of the seven Conservation Halton parks reopened for hiking and biking. These activities are available by making a reservation. Facilities such as washrooms, outhouses and visitor centres will remain closed. For more information, please visit the Conservation Halton website (external link).

Residents must continue to practice physical distancing if visiting the park unless they are members of the same household.

Specific signage will be posted at all Regional sites closed as a result of this order. Closed amenities may also feature parking blockades, fencing and flagging tape where applicable.

Allotment and community gardens are permitted to operate under an amendment to the emergency orders of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Halton Region Public Health has developed a fact sheet (PDF file) providing guidance about the safe operation of community gardens.


Physical activity and getting fresh air are important for our overall physical and mental wellness. For some residents, it is safe to go outside for a walk, run or bike ride; others may need to stay on their private property for their own safety and the safety of the community.

Follow the instructions below:

Your situation Can I go outside in my private property (backyard, balcony or porch)? Can I go for a walk, run or bike ride off my private property?
I am waiting for lab results, or have tested positive for COVID-19 Yes No
I have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if mild) Yes No
I have returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days Yes No
I am a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 Yes No
I am over 70 years of age Yes No*
I am immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions Yes No*
All other Halton residents (except those listed above) Yes Yes, but only if you stay 2 metres (6 feet) from others and have no symptoms of COVID-19

*You are considered high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges you to stay home.

Some public spaces are not permitted for use at this time. These restrictions are part of a Provincial Order (external link) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (see For residents, Outdoor recreational amenities).

Before going outside, check your local municipality's COVID-19 physical distancing by-laws:

Other steps you can take to reduce your risk while being active outside:

  • Maintain 2 metres (6 feet) distance from others. You may need to change your route or the time of day that you go out in order to keep this distance.
  • Step aside or pass others quickly and courteously on sidewalks.
  • Do not enter spaces that are barricaded or have signage indicating the area is closed.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.

Remember to wash your hands when you return home.

To prevent COVID-19 from spreading, Canada has put the following travel measures in place:

  • advising all Canadians to postpone or cancel all non-essential travel;
  • restricting all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border;
  • banning entry of most foreign nationals entering Canada by air;
  • preventing symptomatic passengers from boarding a plane to Canada; 
  • redirection of the vast majority of international passenger flights to four airports (external link);
  • encouraging all passengers travelling by air, bus/motor carrier, rail, marine or air to wear a non-medical mask or face covering as much as possible, especially when physical distancing is not possible; 
  • requiring passengers to demonstrate they have the necessary non-medical mask or cloth face covering before they are permitted to board the aircraft; and
  • requiring anyone entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, under the Quarantine Act (external link).

Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.


Media updates and announcements

  • December 31 - Health authorities in Wuhan, China first report cases of undiagnosed viral pneumonia. The cause is confirmed as a new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV or new coronavirus, which has not previously been identified in humans. For updated information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Coronavirus Infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage (external link).