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Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: Ontario News

On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. […]

Health Canada releases COVID-19 modelling

Date Published: April 9, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Health Canada and The Public Health Agency of Canada released their projections on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic today. They stressed that their projections were only estimates and that the ultimate trajectory of the epidemic in Canada depended on the actions that people in Canada took in the weeks and months moving forward. […]

Government of Canada – COVID-19 Prevention: Wearing Non-Medical Masks

Date Published: April 7, 2020

Source: Government of Canada

Yesterday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, advised Canadians to wear homemade cloth masks when out in public to reduce the spread of the virus. It is important to reiterate that non-medical masks are not equivalent to medical-grade masks, such as N95 masks. These homemade masks are no more effective than the widely known recommendation to cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands or the air. […]

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19

Date Published: April 2, 2020

The Ontario government is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to expand online and virtual mental health support and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel during the COVID-19 outbreak. The online and virtual mental health supports are to help those experiencing mental health challenges […]

Considerations in the use of homemade masks to protect against COVID-19

Date Published: April 1, 2020

Health Canada advised the public and healthcare professionals about the use of homemade masks to protect against COVID-19. They point out that homemade masks are not medical devices, are not tested, may not provide complete protection against virus-sized particles […]

3D printing and other unconventional manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to COVID-19

Date Published: April 1, 2020

Recognizing that organizations may seek to produce 3D printed personalized protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, Health Canada has described the necessary standards, test laboratories for product testing, and regulatory authorization pathways. They specifically outline standards for Class I PPE which include face shields and face masks […]

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Date Published: March 31, 2020

On March 31, 2020,  Premier Ford extended the closure of schools and child care centres under the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. This means the earliest expected return to school date for public school students is now Monday, May 4, 2020 […]

Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions

Date Published: March 28, 2020

The Ontario government issued a new emergency order on March 28 to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Exceptions include private households with more than five people, and operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers […]

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): March 28 Update

Date Updated: March 28, 2020

This website summarizes up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 cases in Ontario and guidelines on how to stay safe during the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The province has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of disease […]

Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Date Published: March 23, 2020

On March 23, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced a two-week mandatory closure of non-essential businesses beginning Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 pm. This closure was based on the recommendations of public health officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and may be extended for longer depending on how the situation progresses […]

Announcing efforts to bring Canadians home from abroad

Date Published: March 21, 2020

The federal government is currently working on repatriation efforts for Canadians abroad. Flights are being organized in partnership with commercial airlines to return as many Canadians possible […]

No scientific evidence that ibuprofen worsens COVID-19 symptoms

Date Published: March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Canada put out an Information Update to the general public and healthcare professionals stating that there is no scientific evidence that establishes a link between ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms […]

Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research projects

Date Published: March 19, 2020

On March 11, 2020, as a part of Canada’s response to COVID-19, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced a $275 million investment to enhance Canada’s capacity in research and development. Through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, $25.8 million of this investment will go towards funding 49 new research teams […]

Ontario declaration of emergency

Date Published: March 17, 2020

On March 17, 2020 the Government of Ontario has decided to enact the Emergency Measures Act. This act allows for unprecedented freeing of funds for increasing the capacity of hospitals, public health testing, protection of frontline workers, long-term care homes, residential facilities and indigenous communities in this time of crisis […]