Information and Resources on COVID-19 Coronavirus
This page contains links to the Ministry of Health (MOH), and other reliable sources of information related to COVID-19 Coronavirus.
These websites and this page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Please check back regularly for updates.
The College is working with the Ministry of Health in monitoring the situation closely and making changes as necessary. Information related to the COVID-19 situation is subject to change quickly as the situation evolves.
Information for the Public
In a statement issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarian over the age of 70 are strongly recommended to practice self-isolation. In addition, everyone regardless of age is asked to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health is providing daily updates on the status of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Ontario on their dedicated web page for the public (updated every day).
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit.
Other Helpful Resources:
Public Health Ontario – Coronavirus COVID-19
Government of Canada – Coronavirus COVID-19
World Health Organization (WHO) Web Page on COVID-19
COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues During the Pandemic
Information for Members of CTCMPAO
Members should also regularly check the Ministry of Health’s web page for COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector. It contains the most up-to-date case definition, affected areas, guidance documents, signage for patients and visitors, and other related information.
CTCMPAO receives regular updates on COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health, and will update members with any relevant information as the situation progresses.
Government of Canada – Financial Support
The College is mindful that this is a difficult time for R. TCMP’s and R. Ac’s, particularly with the recommendation from the Ministry to suspend their practice. We know that Individuals and businesses will no doubt be impacted during this time, for more information regarding how the Government may assist you, your practice or your employees during this time, please find the latest information regarding financial relief here.
Infection Control Procedures
Members must screen patients based on the current case definition and determine if they fit the definition for a Probable Case for COVID-19. All members should undertake active screening and passive screening:
- Active screening over the phone before scheduling appointments, when possible and upon entry to the IHF. Staff conducting screening should ideally be behind a barrier to protect from droplet/contact spread. A plexiglass barrier can protect reception staff from sneezing/ coughing patients.
- Passive screening including signage at points of entry of the facility and at reception, using the latest case definition for COVID-19. Similar messaging can be communicated on voicemails and websites
Members must screen patients based on the current case definition is as follows:
A person with a fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) and/or onset of (or exacerbation of chronic) cough AND any of the following within 14 days prior to onset of illness:
- Travel to an impacted area*; or
- Close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; or
- Close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area* AND
- In whom laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 is not available, recommended, inconclusive, or negative (if specimen quality or timing is suspect)
*Impacted areas is based on current epidemiology and WHO Situation Report
If a patient screens positive over the phone, you must advise them to call their local public health unit, and/or contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Patients should not show up to hospitals unannounced.
A patient who screens positive at a member’s practice must be separated from other visitors and staff so that they are at least 2 metres apart (use a separate room where available) and given a surgical/procedure mask while health workers call their local public health unit and a plan for travel and further COVID-19 assessment is made.
COVID-19 is a designated disease of public health significance (O. Reg. 135/18) and thus reportable under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Regulated health professionals should contact their local public health unit to report a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
It is important to note that the College’s code of ethics for members states that:
Members must provide the best care to patients, recognizing one’s own limitations and referring patients to other practitioners, or other health care providers when the level of care needed is beyond one’s competence.
Updates and Information from Ministry of Health
COVID-19 Guidance for Independent Health Facilities
Updated Infection Prevention and Control Measures for COVID-19
Self-Isolation Guidelines (English)
Self-Isolation Guidelines (French)
Self-Isolation Guidelines (Chinese)
FAQs on Access to Personal Protective Equipment for All Settings
MOH Poster - What You Need to Know to Help You and Your Family Stay Healthy (English)
MOH Poster - What You Need to Know to Help You and Your Family Stay Healthy (French)
Enhanced Public Health Measures for COVID-19
Patients Sign (English)
Patients Sign (French)
Patients Sign (Chinese)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Memo: Health Worker Illness and Return to Work
Chief Medical Officer of Health Directive #2
Updates and Information from Government of Canada
Community-Based Measures to Mitigate the Spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Canada
Risk-Informed Decision-Making for Mass Gatherings During COVID-19 Global Outbreak