September 24, 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.
September 22, 2020
Ontario Extends Emergency Orders
All emergency orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID) Act have been extended until October 22, 2020. This includes O. Reg. 158/20: Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home and O. Reg. 118/20: Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes.
Reminder – New Admissions & Self-Isolation
A reminder that per the requirements in Directive #3 and the Reopening Retirement Homes Guidelines, that all new admissions to retirement communities must self-isolate for 14-days, under Droplet and Contact Precautions. The only circumstance in which a new resident does not have to self-isolate is if the resident is confirmed infected and cleared of COVID-19. A resident has been cleared of COVID-19 if they have had lab-confirmed COVID-19 more than 14 days prior to admission. A negative result does not rule out the potential for incubating illness and all new residents who have not been previously cleared of COVID-19 must remain in isolation.
The Ontario government has announced that it will be prioritizing early distribution of the flu vaccine for vulnerable populations in long-term care homes, hospitals and retirement communities, as part of its plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. ORCA will share more information once it becomes available.
August 31, 2020
Update to Directive #3
On August 28, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health released an update to Directive #3 regarding absences for long-term care residents. The requirements in the Directive related to short-stay absences and temporary absences do not apply to retirement communities. The requirements related to resident absences for retirement communities continue to be guided by applicable Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority and Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility requirements and policies. No action is required on the part of retirement community operators.