May 7, 2003

York Region Health Connection hotline scales back hours of operation

NEWMARKET Due to the steady decline in SARS-related calls, the York Region Health Services Health Connection telephone hotline will be scaling down its hours of operation.

Health Connection will now operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., until further notice.

Health Connection had expanded its hours to respond to the increase in calls during the height of the SARS health emergency, with 22,499 calls received since the health emergency was declared March 26th, 2003.

Call York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 for information about SARS and other health topics.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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