On December 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Based on current information, at least 2,248 people are dead and more than 75,467 have been infected in China. There have been three confirmed cases in Ontario of which all have been resolved.

The Ministry has also set up a
dedicated webpage that will provide daily updates on cases in Ontario as well as more information on the virus. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is continuously analyzing any potential risks to Canadians on a continuous basis.

The John Hopkins CSSE has developed a
global tracking website that lists all presumed and confirmed cases globally.

The Ministry has released
guidance documents for various sectors, including long-term care homes and home and community care providers. Additionally, there are also patient and visitor information posters that are available in English, French and Simplified Chinese. 

We are asking senior care providers to remind your residents and staff to take the following precautionary measures: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Ensure all staff are up to date on their mask fit testing
  • Provide health-screening measures for visitors and staff in homes (i.e., identify those with fever and a cough; have they travelled outside Canada; etc.)

AdvantAge Ontario is in regular contact with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and will keep members apprised of any updates.

Full members can access a number of resources on this page in the members' area of our website.