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Directive #6 for Public Hospitals within the meaning of the Public Hospitals Act, Service Providers within the meaning of the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994, Local Health Integration Networks within the meaning of the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, and Ambulance Services within the meaning of the Ambulance Act, R.S.O. 1990 c. A19

Effective Date: August 17, 2021

Every covered organization must establish, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students.

For complete details and requirements, see Directive #6


General Information

COVID-19 is reportable disease under Ontario’s public health legislation. If you suspect an individual may be infected with COVID-19, healthcare providers must report the suspected case to Windsor-Essex County Public Health Unit immediately. Please use the WECHU’s reporting form:

WECHU 2019 Novel Coronavirus HCP Investigation and Reporting Form (PDF)

  • For up to date information on local case counts and those from surrounding regions, visit the Local Updates section.  For up to date information on local vaccination distribution, visit the COVID-19 Vaccines page. 
  • 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 may change frequently, please check back often for updates.
  • Clinical signs and symptoms
    The Ministry has created an updated COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms

    • The most common signs and symptoms are:
      • fever
      • cough   
      • shortness of breath
  • Lab Testing
  • COVID-19 Advice through eConsult
    • Physicians and nurse practitioners can access specialist advice related to COVID-19 and the following Public Health specialty categories:
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Vaccine - Public Health
      • Vaccine - Allergy/Immunology
      • Autoimmune Disorders
      • Pregnancy
  • For more information or to access the Ontario eConsult Service, visit the OTNhub.

Guidance Documents

Several guidance documents related to COVID-19 have been produced by the Ministry of Health for a number of health and other sectors. 

Signage & Resources

Signage

The following signage has been created by Ontario’s Ministry of Health for health care settings.

Resources


Immunization Programs

The Public Health Agency of Canada has prepared a guidance document on the continuity of immunization programs for all age groups and priority populations during COVID-19.

Healthcare providers should follow routine practices and precautions when providing immunizations, by considering the following recommendations:

  • Screening all clients prior to visits
  • Non-medical masks for parents
  • Physical distancing between patients at the clinic
  • Scheduling considerations
  • Personal protective equipment when necessary.

WECHU Updates and Alerts:

A list of current clinician communications
Date Issued Title Topic
3-Nov-2020 Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment shortage Infectious Disease Prevention
10-Aug-2020 Nitrosamine impurity found in Priftin®® (rifapentine) drug substance and drug product Infectious Disease Prevention
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
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