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Case Management

Current Situation / Risk Levels and Precautions

Advisories / Updates

Ministry of Health Documents

Websites, Other Tools and Resources

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Case Management

Case Definition

COVID-19 ASSESSMENTS CENTRE locations in Grey Bruce: The Assessment Centres are for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who are having difficulty managing at home.

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


Reporting Form

COVID-19 Reporting Form for Health Care Providers


Public Health Ontario Testing Guidelines and Requisition Form


Specimen Kits that are Also Acceptable

PHO Laboratory has done a limited evaluation on the following specimen collection kits, which can be used for collection of nasal or nasopharyngeal specimens for COVID-19 testing:


Testing Turnaround Time (TAT):

Testing for covid-19 is performed at pho laboratory toronto as required.

Turnaround time is up to 6 days.

Note: turnaround time will vary according to geographical location and proximity to pho laboratory toronto.

Laboratory confirmation of covid-19 occurs at pho laboratory. additional testing is conducted at the national microbiology laboratory (nml) in winnipeg when required.


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, or 48 hours after symptom resolution, whichever is longer. 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

Steps to take for urgent Personal Protective Equipment issues

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Current Situation / Risk Levels and Precautions


COVID-19 Directive #1 for Health Care Providers and Health Care Entities

CMOH Memo Managing Health Worker Illness and Return to Work COVID-19


Situational Report

Epidemiological review of current scientific and media articles on COVID-19

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Ministry of Health Documents


Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19


Guidance Documents for Health Sectors

Managing Health Worker Illness and Return to Work COVID-19 (March 19, 2020)

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.


Public Health Ontario Best Practice Guidance Documents

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Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and Hospice

Guidance for Long Term Care

Long-Term Care and Retirement Home Questions and Considerations #1

Long-Term Care and Retirement Home COVID-19 Questions and Considerations #2

Considerations for Essential Visitors

Visitors to LTC and COVID-19

CMOH Directive 3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007


Funeral Homes

Websites, Other Tools and Resources



Travel Advisories


Personal Protective Equipment Supply Concerns

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  


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Posters


Office Signage

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




Fact Sheets

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Physician Advisories / Updates

Alerts and Updates

Media Releases

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