MNO: COVID-19 Response

Press Release

Recently Public Health Sudbury & Districts has identified a man in his late 50’s who has tested positive for COVID-19. This person attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference held in Toronto, Ontario from March 1st to 4th, 2020. We are aware that a small number of individuals who attended the PDAC Conference in Toronto also attended the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Conference that took place in the National Capital Region earlier this week. The risk to MNO employees and citizens is extremely low, but in the interest of public health and transparency we are sharing this information.


The MNO considers its employee’s and citizen’s health and welfare a top priority. We do recommend carrying hand sanitizer and practicing good prevention measures. Currently, public health advice remains:

  • For people to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-hand sanitizer;
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
  • If you don’t have a tissue sneeze or cough in your sleeve; and
  • To stay at home when you are sick.

The MNO additionally recommends sanitizing keyboards, laptops, and cellular devices regularly.

Impact on the MNO

The risks to MNO staff and citizens stemming from this incident are extremely low. There are currently no reported cases of MNO employees or citizens experiencing symptoms. Business as usual is expected with an increased focus on precautionary measures mentioned above.

Further Information:

If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) or Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200). Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history including the countries you visited. If you are ill and must visit a health care professional call ahead and tell them that you have a respiratory illness. You may be asked to wear a mask while waiting for or receiving treatment to prevent the spread of illness. If you need immediate medical attention call 911 and state your travel history and symptoms.

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