We need to announce that Dr. Kevin Leung and Dr. Alice Wong will be in voluntary Self-isolation for the period of March 16-March 30, 2020 as requested by the Government of Canada.
When they departed for Orlando, Florida on March 11, 2020; the WHO had not yet declared a pandemic and there were NO travel restrictions to the USA.
In fact, Florida had 24 cases of COVID-19 (5 of which were repatriated cases from a cruise ship) which was far less than the 41 cases that we had in Ontario.
Unfortunately, upon arrival, things changed on a daily basis; in order to respect and support our public health recommendations; they have made the following accommodations for their trip.
- March 12 – Social distancing; we avoided all of the theme parks and minimized exposure to crowds in enclosed buildings wherever possible.
- March 15 – we booked a return to Canada early as recommended by the Federal Government; we shortened our trip and booked the next available flight home.
- March 16 – Voluntary self-isolation (14 days) and self-monitoring. Although asymptomatic; we will honor the request of the federal government to avoid direct contact with patients and self-isolate for the requested duration.
This does not mean that we will be unavailable. Both physicians will be holding regular virtual office hours where we will book appointments and make telephone/televideo assessments and management where prudent.
These will be pre-booked appointments including same-day availability starting from March 18, 2020.
Unfortunately, there will NOT be the possibility of physical examination during this period of time. Indeed, we are still awaiting details of how we should be running the office and what precautions should be undertaken at this time.
We thank you all for your patience and understanding in this very unusual time in history.
Dr. Kevin Leung & Dr. Alice Wong
MARCH 21, 2020 update
- Both physicians are doing well and show no symptoms; but we continue to adhere to public health guidelines to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel.