Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 27, 2020

Originally posted Jan. 27, 2020. Last updated Mar. 27, 2020

This page will provide updates on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as they become available. The Ministry of Health has released guidelines for primary care, along with posters. A website for healthcare providers is now live. You can also access information for the public on their site.

If you have any questions, you can also email EOCOperations.moh@ontario.ca.

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SITUATION REPORTS

  • Situation Report #61_ COVID-19 _ Rapport sur la Situation #61_ COVID-19
  • Situation Report #60_ COVID-19 _ Rapport sur la Situation #60_ COVID-19-Health Canada has published guidance on optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Situation Report #59_ COVID-19 _ Rapport sur la Situation #59_ COVID-19-To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of today, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open is available here.
  • Situation Report #58_ COVID-19 _ Rapport sur la Situation #58 _ COVID-1-To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.
  • Situation Report #57-Ontario has issued a temporary order that would give hospitals the ability to cancel and postpone services to free-up space and valuable staff, identify staffing priorities, and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans.
  • Situation Report #56- The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that to ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.
  • Situation Report #55- Guidance for Primary Care Providers has been updated and included in tabove. French translation is ongoing and these documents will be uploaded to the ministry’s website early next week.
  • Situation Report #54-
  • Situation Report #53 -  A Cyber advisory has been shared with the health system to highlight increased phishing and malicious activity using the COVID19/ CORONA Pandemic as a lure. It is strongly recommended that organizations follow email hygiene/ phishing best practices to defend against this increased activity.
  • Situation Report #52 - The Premier of Ontario has declared an emergency under s.7.0.1(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
  • Situation Report #51 - the province has announced it is expanding TeleHealth service capacity to help address the increased daily call volumes and reduce call wait times. A summary of today’s Command Table meeting is listed above.
  • Situation Report #50- The Minister of Health has released a statement regarding elective surgeries
  • Situation Report #49- An initial COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool has been posted to the Ontario Government site. Individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 can consult this tool to determine whether and how to seek further care. An automated click-through version of the tool is under development.
  • Situation Report #48 - The ministry revised the COVID-19 case definition to clarify who should be tested. We are asking all providers not to test asymptomatic individuals.
  • Situation Report #47 - The case definition has been updated and is listed above. French translation is underway, and the ministry’s website will be updated to reflect this change shortly.  It is important to note that the case definition includes prioritization of who should be tested.
  • Situation Report #46- Public Health Ontario developed guidance in English and French for environmental cleaning for non-heath care settings. The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated the affected areas list on their website
  • Situation Report #45
  • Situation Report #44- A status update memo to Health System Organizations and Providers on the work of the Provincial Command Table is listed above.
  • Situation Report #43- The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed two new guidance documents for health system partners:
  • Situation Report #42
  • Situation Report #41- A memo to Health System Organizations and Providers dated March 6 is included above.
  • Situation Report #40- The following documents: Self-Isolation Fact Sheet, Caregivers Fact Sheet, and Self-Monitor Fact Sheet have been translated into Farsi and have been included.
  • Situation Report #39-A chart has been attached that shows the Risk Levels and Precautions for COVID-19 with links to resources on how to Self Isolate and Guidance for Close Contacts. This will be uploaded to the Ontario.ca/coronavirus website in the coming days. Signage has been updated for healthcare settings and translated into English and French. Simplified Chinese and Farsi translation are underway.
  • Situation Report #38- A fact sheet on how to self-monitor has been attached to today’s Situation Report in English and French.
  • Situation Report #37- Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced Ontario is implementing an enhanced response structure that formally brings together a wide range of partners to review, strengthen and implement provincial and regional plans and ensure their responsiveness to the specifics of COVID-19. See News Release for more information.
  • Situation Report #36
  • Situation Report #35
  • Situation Report #34
  • Situation Report #33 - A minor revision has been made to the case definition that was sent out yesterday to update the link to the Government of Canada’s website listing COVID-19 impacted areas. French translation also listed above.
  • Situation Report #32 - The case definition for COVID-19 is updated with new regions of the world where community transmission is ongoing. The French translation is underway. The attached map illustrates the impacted areas reflected in the updated case definition. (map and case definition listed above under Resurces)
  • Situation Report #31 - Two facts sheets (How to self-isolate and Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts) that were shared on February 20 have been translated into simplified Chinese and have been attached to this Situation Report. (listed above under Resources)
  • Situation Report #30
  • Situation Report #29
  • Situation Report #28
  • Situation Report #27 - The ministry has received numerous questions regarding when COVID-19 testing is appropriate. COVID-19 testing should be conducted when the patient meets the national case definition. While it is recommended that providers test in accordance with the current case definition, information about this virus continues to evolve. Therefore, providers may determine, based on assessment and clinical judgement, that testing for COVID-19 is appropriate outside of the case definition.
  • Situation Report #26 - has two information sheets regarding how to self isolate - listed above under 'Resources'
  • Situation Report #25
  • Situation Report #24 - In Ontario, there are zero persons under investigation with lab results pending. New signage has been attached that reflects the change in case definition to mainland China. Signs are currently in English, French and simplified Chinese.
  • Situation Report #23
  • Situation Report #22
  • Situation Report #21
  • Situation Report #20 - As of February 10, 2020, Public Health Ontario Laboratory pre-approval for COVID-19 testing is no longer required, provided that mandatory information is included on the requisition.
  • Situation Report # 19- Updated guidance documents for Acute Care, Paramedics, Primary Care, Home & Community Care and Long Term Care settings have been added to the ministry website. Additional guidance documents will be uploaded as appropriate. A Q&A document has been added to this Situation Report that will seek to answer common questions that have been received by the Ministry Emergency Operation Centre.
  • Situation Report # 18- The World Health Organization has renamed 2019-nCoV, with the formal name of COVID-19. This name change will be reflected in future documents published by the ministry.
  • Situation Report # 17- No new countries reported cases of 2019-nCoV in the past 24 hours
  • Situation Report # 16-  North America: United States (12 cases), Canada (7 cases)
  • Situation Report # 15 - The ministry continues to work with federal and local partners to support repatriated citizens who arrived on the two flights in Trenton yesterday. A third flight is tentatively scheduled to arrive in Trenton on February 11.
  • Situation Report # 14- The case definition has been updated and travel history has been expanded to mainland China. The updated definition is also reflected on the ministry’s website. The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated guidance for travellers who have recently been to Hubei province.
  • Situation Report # 13-  A Q & A document regarding current supplies in the province is attached. Health care providers facing immediate challenges with their personal protective equipment supply levels can email the ministry at EOCLogistics.MOH@ontario.ca.
  • Situation Report # 12 - The ministry has developed an information sheet about 2019-nCoV to inform the public about the virus. It is now available on the government website in French, English and 17 other languages.
  • Situation Report #11 - The ministry continues to work with the federal government to confirm repatriation plans from Wuhan, China for Canadian citizens scheduled to arrive at CFB Trenton this week.
  • Situation Report #10 - The Ontario Medical Association has created a Summary of Guidance for Primary Care Providers in Community Based Settings to assist health system partners
  • Situation Report #9- North America: United States (8 cases), Canada (4 cases)
  • Situation Report #8- 3rd confirmed case in an individual with recent travel history to Wuhan
  • Situation Report #7 - 2019-nCoV case definition and Primary Care guidance (French and English) updated
  • Situation Report #6 - The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • Situation Report #5- website for healthcare providers is now live.
  • Situation Report #4- initial guidance document for Primary Care Providers available
  • Situation Report #3- The National Microbiology Laboratory confirmed the first case of 2019-nCoV that was initially reported as presumptive positive. The case continues to be stable. - Jan. 27, 2020
  • Situation Report #2- The presumptive confirmed case continues to be stable at Sunnybrook- Jan. 26, 2020
  • First presumptive confirmed case for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Ontario- Email sent of behalf of Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Jan. 25, 2020
  • Situation Report #1- Ontario identified a presumptive confirmed case in Toronto.  This is Ontario’s and Canada’s first case. Testing is ongoing for persons under investigation- Jan. 25, 2020
  • Assistant Chief Medical Officer of Health Letter- novel coronavirus- Jan. 24, 2020
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health Memo- Novel Coronavirus in China - Jan. 10, 2020