Updates on the novel coronavirus

​The OHA developed this webpage to keep members apprised of recent Ministry of Health updates regarding the novel coronavirus, and to highlight relevant resources for members. It is important to note that the health system is well-prepared to respond to this type of issue. As the situation unfolds, officials from the Ministry and public health, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health, remain in close contact with health care providers and partners across the system, including the OHA. This includes daily stakehholder calls to share information, guidance, and address any challenges, should they arise.

For any questions or concerns, Health sector partners can contact the Health System Emergency Management Branch at 1-866-212-2272 (24/7) or eocoperations.moh@ontario.ca (business hours).

Daily Update - March 29, 2020

Situation Report #64 COVID-19
Ministry of Health | Health System Emergency Management Branch                                               

Situation: Case count as of March 29, 2020

AreaCase countChange from yesterdayDeathsChange from yesterday
Worldwide total709,644 +81,75333,518 +4,620
Europe381,614 +41,39423,933 +3,714
China81,439 +453,300 +5
Middle East57,188 +7,5492,864 +175
Asia & Oceania28,763 +1,903523 +50
Africa4,174 +285129 +14
Latin America and Caribbean14,138 +1,751306 +63
North America142,328 +28,8262,463 +599
United States136,492 +27,7472,400 +591
Canada5,836 +1,07965 +10

  • 211 new cases were reported today in Ontario, bringing the cumulative total to 1326 (this includes eight resolved cases and 23 deaths).
  • In Ontario, there are 7,203 persons under investigation with lab results pending.

Actions Taken:

  • The guidance document for Community Labs and Specimen Collection Centres has been updated and uploaded on the ministry website.
  • New guidance documents for Emergency Child Care Services and Industry Operators have been developed and uploaded on the ministry website.  
  • The Ontario government is implementing a new emergency order to ensure that staffing and resources are available to help care for and protect long-term care residents during the COVID-19 crisis. These temporary measures provide further flexibility for long-term care homes and allow homes to redirect their staffing and financial resources to essential tasks.
  • The Ontario government is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.  This order would not apply to private households with five people or more. It would also not apply to  operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people. Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.
  • Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer announced updated guidance to help employers better understand their responsibilities and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the construction sites.

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