Emails and texts reporting case of coronavirus at TADH is false

Emails and texts claiming that the first case of the coronavirus has been diagnosed at TADH is currently spreading rapidly in social media circles. The email alleges that a patient hospitalized at TADH has been tested positive for the virus, known popularly as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV), that has triggered fears of a global epidemic.

Jodie Russell, Infection Control Coordinator at TADH can assure the community that, to date, no patients have been diagnosed with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV), the virus  originating in Wuhan, China and currently causing global concern. An email and text appearing to be from a member of the hospital’s staff currently circulating on some social media platforms should be disregarded.

We urge the public to only share confirmed news from official sources, to avoid causing unnecessary public concern. If you receive these messages or any other unsubstantiated information by email, text or other social media platforms, we urge you not to forward or circulate them. Remember, if you are not sure, don't spread.