December 31, 2020
Please note that ORCA has discontinued its COVID-19 Daily Updates, including case counts, and is providing retirement community operators with regular updates. Information on COVID-19 and resources for retirement communities can be found to the right.
Important information for the public will continue to be shared on this page.
December 31, 2020
Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Taskforce has released its fourth weekly report providing an update on the province’s vaccination rollout plan. In addition to the report, Taskforce Chair, General Rick Hillier, has also included a fourth weekly memo.
December 30, 2020
The Ontario government released an Ethical Framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution which was developed in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force to guide further vaccine prioritization and distribution across the province. Click here to view the Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution.
December 21, 2020
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health experts, announced it is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. The Provincewide Shutdown will go into effect as of 12:01 AM on Saturday, December 26, 2020. The current COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused when the Provincewide Shutdown comes into effect. For the duration of the Provincewide Shutdown, all retirement homes must abide by the policies for public health units in Grey (Lockdown) zones. For more details please review ORCA’s related member bulletin.
December 10, 2020
The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility and Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority released an updated Retirement Home COVID-19 Visiting Policy. The changes to this policy will go into effect on December 11, 2020. A full summary of the changes can be found here. The Ministry has aligned the escalation precautions for homes with thee provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. Components of the Policy will be dependent on whether your local public health unit is in Green (Prevent), Yellow (Protect), Orange (Restrict), Red (Control) or Grey (Lockdown). A full list of each public health unit’s current designation can be found here. Please note that the Alert and High Alert categories will be replaced by the colour system when this policy goes into effect on December 11, 2020.