Renfrew Public Library

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Federal Updates:

Provincial Updates:

Renfrew County District Health Unit:

Covid-19 Government Programs

Town of Renfrew Media Releases:


Library Update:

Government Resources


What is COVID-19?

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) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). Some transmit easily from person to person while others do not. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans.

China determined that a novel coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) is responsible for the outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan. Authorities in China and worldwide are conducting further investigations to better understand where the disease came from, how it is spread and the clinical severity of illness in humans.

Source: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Daily Updates

Government of Canada webpage with recent updates on the Coronavirus disease.

The main Ontario government webpage on COVID-19, including updates on the current situation and current affected areas.

Daily news scan of Public Health Agencies and Research Institutes (domestic and international) by Public Health Ontario.
World Health Organization
Up to date map of affected regions

Informational Resources

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Tracks cases globally.


Thank you to the Southern Ontario Library Service for compiling this list of resources.