Important Guidance from the Ministry of Health on Virtual Care and Non-Essential Visits
All primary care providers are encouraged to implement a system for virtual and/or telephone consultations when and where possible. When possible, primary care providers should conduct a consultation over the phone, video or secure messaging to determine if a virtual/telephone consultation will suffice or if an in-person appointment is necessary. The purpose of this is to support physical distancing and minimize contact of persons who may have COVID-19 with health care settings as much as possible.
In addition, it is important to be aware of restrictions put in place by local health units and/or municipal governments. For example, masks are mandatory for in-person interactions in some municipalities.
It is important that you continue to provide care to your patients, however, it is preferred that you move to remote practice unless it is a time-sensitive circumstance. If you must see a patient in person, use all precautions, pre-screen patients before they come to your office, place the available signs on the door of your clinic, and take all other infection control precautions for your patients, staff and yourself. Detailed requirements can be found here.
Available Resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updated August 11, 2020
The College would like members to be aware of the following:
Information about the virus and outbreak are changing on a day-to-day basis. Please use the provided links and visit the Ministry of Health or the Ministry’s updated general information about COVID-19 in Ontario information page. Other excellent links include Public Health Ontario or the World Health Organization for daily updates. CHO will notify registrants when new resources and information of critical importance become available.
Status of Cases in Ontario The Ontario Ministry of Health updates its website once a day, every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. ET. You will find the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario. Please check the Ministry site directly for the latest status report.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the Coronavirus COVID19 a pandemic. Every person is asked to take extra precautions to minimize the spread of the disease.
For specific Canada-wide guidance and outbreak update related to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please visit Health Canada.
More information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the situation in Ontario visit the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health has established a Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272. If you have any questions or concerns about how the Coronavirus might impact your practice please feel free to contact this hotline.