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 email@example.com (business hours).
Related OHA Communications
Daily Update - March 29, 2020
Ministry of Health | Health System Emergency Management Branch
Situation Report #64 COVID-19
Situation: Case count as of March 29, 2020
|Area||Case count||Change from yesterday||Deaths||Change from yesterday|
|Worldwide total||709,644 ||+81,753||33,518 ||+4,620|
|Europe||381,614 ||+41,394||23,933 ||+3,714|
|China||81,439 ||+45||3,300 ||+5|
|Middle East||57,188 ||+7,549||2,864 ||+175|
|Asia & Oceania||28,763 ||+1,903||523 ||+50|
|Africa||4,174 ||+285||129 ||+14|
|Latin America and Caribbean||14,138 ||+1,751||306 ||+63|
|North America||142,328 ||+28,826||2,463 ||+599|
|United States||136,492 ||+27,747||2,400 ||+591|
|Canada||5,836 ||+1,079||65 ||+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.
- 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.
Please note that some of the bulletins below are members only. Please sign in to OHA.com/news to view all bulletins.
- March 29, 2020 - Daily COVID-19 Updates
- March 28, 2020 - Ministry Order on Personal Protective Equipment
- March 27, 2020 - Daily COVID-19 Updates
- March 26, 2020 - Services, Resources, Guidance Bulletin
- March 26, 2020 - New Ministry Memo for Hospitals and COVID-19 Updates
- March 25, 2020 - Finance Minister Releases Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
- March 24, 2020 - Ontario Government Announces New Temporary Order for Long-Term Care
- March 24, 2020 - Updates on COVID-19, Including New List of Essential Services
- March 23, 2020 - Daily COVID-19 Update
- March 22, 2020 - Government Issues Order under EMCPA
- March 21, 2020 - Government Announces Order under EMCPA
- March 21, 2020 - OHA Issues Public Statement on COVID-19
- March 20, 2020 - Daily Update on COVID-19
- March 19, 2020 - Services, Resources, Guidance Bulletin
- March 19, 2020 - CMOH Recommendations on Managing Health Worker Travel and Return to Work
- Contains links to documents from the March 18 MEOC Situation Report, including Canadian Blood Services, the Provincial Transfer Authorization Centre, Cyber precautions).
- March 18, 2020 - Update on COVID-19
- January 27, 2020 - New OHA Web Page for Provider Updates on the Novel Coronavirus
- January 26, 2020 - Q&A on Ontario's First Presumptive Confirmed Case of Novel Coronavirus
- January 25, 2020 - First Presumptive Case of Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in Ontario
- January 24, 2020 - Services, Resources, Guidance Bulletin
- January 23, 2020 - Novel Coronavirus Added as Mandatory Reportable Disease
- January 10, 2020 - CMOH Memo re: Novel Coronavirus in China
OHA members can direct their questions to Melissa Prokopy, Director, Legal, Policy and Professional Issues, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-205-1565.
Ministry Communications To Date
For other government news related to COVID-19, visit the Ministry's website.
System Partner/Hospital Resources
- Centre for Disease Control and Prevention:
- WHO Resources
- To increase access to reliable information, WHO has worked with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a new WHO Health Alert messaging service. This service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how to protect yourself. The Health Alert service is now available in English and will be introduced in other languages next week. To access it, send the word "hi" to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892.
- Interim Guidance: Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Situation Reports
- Technical Guidance
- Coronavirus Mythbusters (Including infographics for download)
- WHO Info Video
- FAQ about the virus
- WHO guidance support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19
- WHO Online Education
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
: This course provides information on what facilities should be doing to be prepared to respond to a case of an emerging respiratory virus such as the novel coronavirus, how to identify a case once it occurs, and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure there is no further transmission to HCW or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility.
This training is intended for healthcare workers and public health professionals, as it is focused on infection prevention and control.