Information for Health Care Providers
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On this page:
- For up to date information on local case counts and those from surrounding regions, visit the Local Updates section.
- Case Definition
- For clinical testing purposes: health professionals who are involved in the assessment and management of possible COVID-19 cases are encouraged to consult Tables 1 and 2 in the daily WHO Situation Report to help inform their decision making.
- The case definition for COVID-19 has been updated and is current as of March 13, 2020. This information may change frequently, please check back often for updates.
- Clinical signs and symptoms
- The most common signs and symptoms are:
- shortness of breath
- The most common signs and symptoms are:
- Lab Testing
- For more information about testing, see the Public Health Ontario Laboratory testing Guidelines for COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions
If I work in healthcare and have travelled outside of Canada, can I return to work?
- Please connect with your employer directly. Your employer, in consultation with public health, will conduct a risk assessment. Certain “essential” workers are permitted to return to work under certain conditions.
- If the essential worker is exempted from self-isolation on public health’s recommendation, all efforts should be made to minimize their contact with others.
- In addition, returning essential workers must follow these conditions:
- Take and record their temperature on a daily basis for 14 days, monitor symptoms and report to public health daily
- At any point, if they develop symptoms (even mild), they must immediately self-isolate, be excluded from work and tested for COVID-19
How can I find child care if I am required to work as a health care or emergency services worker?
Health care and other frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police, and correctional officers, are able to access safe, local emergency child care. These child care centres are required to follow existing health and safety requirements and have a plan in place should any staff, children or parents be exposed to the virus.
Guidance documents have been produced for a number of health sectors related to COVID-19. These documents currently refer to the previous case definition. These guidance documents are still valid, but please refer to the new case definition listed provided above.
- Guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting
- Guidance for Acute Care
- Guidance for Home and Community Care Providers
- Guidance for Long-Term Care
- COVID-19 Screening Checklist
- Guidance for Paramedic Services
- Guidance for Independent Health Facilities
- Guidance for Laboratories
- Guidance for Pharmacies
- Guidance for Occupational Health and Safety
- Guidance for Dentists in Ontario
Signage & Resources
The following signage has been created by Ontario’s Ministry of Health for health care settings.
- Laboratory Testing
- Guidance and Best Practices for Health Care Providers
- Fact Sheets on:
- How to Self-Monitor in English and Chinese (simplified)
- Guide for caregivers, household, members and close contacts in English and Chinese (simplified)
- How to self-isolate in English and Chinese (simplified)
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Coronavirus Information for Health Professionals
- Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector
- Health Canada - Optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Guidance N95 Beyond Shelf Life
WECHU Updates and Alerts:
|20-Mar-2020||Updated Recommendations For Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)||Infectious Disease Prevention|
|3-Mar-2020||Updated Case Definition and Testing COVID 19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019)||Infectious Disease Prevention|
|25-Feb-2020||Updated Testing COVID 19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019)||Infectious Disease Prevention|
|10-Feb-2020||Revised Case Definition Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)||Infectious Disease Prevention|
|31-Jan-2020||Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)||Infectious Disease Prevention|
|24-Jan-2020||Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Outbreak||Infectious Disease Prevention|