Public Advisory

There is an MOH Class Order in place, effective July 17th, for Grey and Bruce County that orders all Commercial Establishments to take actions related to the use of face coverings, ensure effective measures to maintain physical distancing and to ensure the availability of hand sanitizer. For full details, visit the MOH Class Orders page. Also view, FAQ for Masks and Face Coverings.

COVID-19 Information for Health Care Providersimage of microscopic virus

 

 

 

Case Definition

Case Management/Assessment Centres

PHO Testing Guidelines, Laboratory Information, TAT& Requisitions

Reporting

COVID-19 Patient Monitoring and Self-Isolation Instructions

Personal Protective Equipment

Chief Medical Office of Health Directives / Statements

Situation Reports

Ministry of Health Guidance Documents for Health Sectors

Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and Hospice

Physician Advisories / Updates

Public Health Ontario Best Practice Guidance Documents

Funeral Homes

Websites, Other Tools and Resources

Travel Advisories

Office Signage

Prevention and Fact Sheets

 

 

 

Case Definition

The case definition for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may change frequently – please check back for often updates.

  • Sporadic Case definition
  • Long-term Care Home Outbreak case definition
    • Suspect Outbreak - A single laboratory confirmed case in a LTCH in a resident or staff member meets the definition for a ‘suspect outbreak’, and should prompt actions associated with a suspect respiratory infection outbreak.
    • Confirmed Outbreak -  Two or more cases among residents or HCW within 48 hours with any common epidemiological link, at least one of which must be laboratory-confirmed for COVID-19.
  • Guidance for COVID-19 swabbing, testing, and return to work - Summary of Grey Bruce Health Unit Guidance

 

 

Case Management / Assessment Centres

The Assessment Centres are for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who are having difficulty managing at home.

COVID-19 ASSESSMENTS CENTRE locations in Grey Bruce:

 

 

Public Health Ontario Testing Guidelines, Laboratory Information, TAT and Requisition Form

Testing Guidelines, Requisitions

 

Specimen Kits that are Also Acceptable

Due to global shortages, the following chart provides information on alternative collection kits for procurement that are acceptable for COIVD-19 testing.

If you are ordering collection kits from PHOL.Warehouse@oahpp.ca using the Requisition for Specimen Containers and Supplies Form any of these kits may also be used to fulfill orders.

Specimen Kits

Grey Bruce Health Unit Swab Order Form

PHO requisition for specimen containers and supplies

 

Testing Turnaround Time (TAT)

Testing for covid-19 is performed at the London PHO Laboratory as required.

Turnaround time is up to 7 days.

Note: Turnaround time will vary according to geographical location and proximity to the London PHO Laboratory.

If necessary additional testing is conducted at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg, which may increase the TAT.

 

STAT Testing

Testing for COVID-19 does not need to be sent as STAT specimens unless the result is needed to assist health-care providers in making swift patient care decisions in an urgent or emergency circumstance.

  • STAT samples must be shipped separately from routine specimens to a PHO Laboratory location that performs COVID-19 testing. Current PHO Laboratory testing locations include Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, and Ottawa. Refer to specimen acceptance hours and testing schedules at PHO Laboratory COVID-19 testing locations.
  • For testing at PHO Laboratory Toronto, specimens must be sent to the shipping and receiving dock at 661 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario. For delivery instructions please see Directions to 661 University Shipping Dock for Clinical Samples
  • STAT samples must be placed in a clearly marked package indicating ‘STAT’ and handled in accordance with the Canadian Biosafety Standards and shipped in accordance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
  • Failure to ship separately will delay testing, primarily due to delays in transportation, and will be processed as a routine sample.

 

 

Reporting Form

 

 

COVID-19 Patient Monitoring and Self-Isolation Instructions

 

People who have been self-isolating because they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or because they have tested positive for COVID-19, should be in self-isolation for 14 days from when their symptoms began.

The exception is for people with only cough and no other symptoms; a subset of people have a persistent cough that is not infectious.

For people with only cough, the most recent non-cough symptom should be used as the symptom of interest for 48 hours after symptom resolution. There is no longer any requirement for any swabs to assess the resolution of infection. We will continue to update these recommendations as the science and local context evolve.

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment

The ministry is focused on supporting organizations that are experiencing shortages that will prevent them from delivering patient care, in addition to organizations that are managing patients with 2019 novel coronavirus. If your community-based setting is experiencing a shortage that you anticipate will impact your ability to deliver patient care within the next ten days, please email them at eoclogistics.moh@ontario.ca.  

 

 

 

Chief Medical Office of Health Directives / Statements

Directive 1 – Health Care Providers (HPPA)

Directive 2 – RHPA Professionals

Directive 3 – Long Term Care Homes

Directive 4 – Ambulance Services and Paramedics

Directive 5 – PPE in Hospitals (HPPA)

Oral Health Requirements

Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19

 

 

Situational Report

 

 

 

Ministry of Health Guidance Documents for Health Sectors

These guidance documents currently refer to the previous case definition. These documents are still valid, but please refer to the new case definition outlined above.

 

Health Care Resources

 

Mental Health Resources

 

Guidance for Other Sectors

 

 

Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and Hospice

 

COVID-19 Outbreaks

COVID-19 - Ministry of Health Documents

 

 

 

Physician Advisories / Updates

Alerts and Updates

 

Media Releases

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Public Health Ontario Best Practice Guidance Documents

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Funeral Homes

 

 

Websites, Other Tools and Resources

Websites

 

 

Travel Advisories

 

 

Office Signage

(please refer to the current impacted countries and alter signs as needed)

 

 

Prevention and Fact Sheets

 

Fact Sheets

 

Other Documents

 

 

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