March 30, 2020
ORCA is engaged on a daily basis with the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care and Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility. We will continue to provide members with daily updates and highlight important information that all operators should be aware of. If you have any questions we encourage you to reach out to Jack Sullivan and Erin Feutl directly.
Situation Report #65 – COVID-19 – March 30, 2020
Ministry of Health | Health System Emergency Management Branch
|Case count as of March 30, 2020|
|Area||Case count||Change from yesterday||Deaths||Change from yesterday|
|Asia & Oceania||29,549||+786||538||+15|
|Latin America and Caribbean||14,814||+676||342||+36|
- 351 new cases were reported today in Ontario, bringing the cumulative total to 1,706 (this includes 431 resolved cases and 23 deaths).
- Reporting has changed, and Ontario case counts are recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) and data is pulled at 4:00 p.m. the previous day. Updates to the website will now be provided once a day at 10:30 a.m.
- In Ontario, a total of 48,461 people have been tested, with tests performed at Public Health Ontario Laboratories and non-Public Health Laboratories.
- The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a statement to Ontarians recommending that individuals over 70 years of age self-isolate, and urging all Ontarians to continue adhering to physical distancing and to remain at home.
- Changes were made to the case definition including, clarifying swabbing requirements, simplifying laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, and eliminating repeat testing to clear certain cases managed at home. (See attached)
- New guidance documents for Talking to Children About the Pandemic, Funeral and Bereavement Services, as well as new resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues have been developed and uploaded to the ministry website.
- A new link to the PPE survey was shared today. Acute care hospitals should continue to report PPE requirements through the Daily Bed Census only.
- The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued Directive 5 for public hospitals (attached) as well as a joint statement with the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Ontario Hospital Association on health and safety measures in hospitals.
- Several directives have been updated today that are attached to today’s Situation Report.
- Directive 1 to Health Care Providers (minor updates): This replaces the directive issued on March 12 to reflect language changes in Directive 5.
- Directive 3 to Long-Term Care Homes (significant updates): This replaces the directive issued on March 22, 2020 to reflect language changes in Directive 5 and clarify additional recommendation around screening and outbreak management.
- Directive 4 to Paramedic Services (minor updates): This replaces the directive issues on March 24 to reflect language changes in Directive 5.
- The Command Table met today, and a letter with a summary of the discussion has been attached.