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COVID-19 Update and Resources

Daily COVID-19 Update

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
Worldwide total 729,829 +20,185 34,594 +1,076
Europe 391,703 +10,089 24,765 +832
China 81,470 +31 3,304 +4
Middle East 57,616 +428 2,870 +6
Asia & Oceania 29,549 +786 538 +15
Africa 4,695 +521 144 +15
Latin America and Caribbean 14,814 +676 342 +36
North America 149,982 +7,654 2,631 +168
United States 143,724 +7,232 2,566 +166
Canada 6,258 +422 65 0
  • 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.

Actions Taken

  • 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.

Government Resources

Government Communications

Guidance Documents for Providers

Public Resources

ORCA Resources

These resources can be downloaded and customized for retirement communities from ORCA’s Operations Manual. Under each section are optional resources to supplement existing outbreak contingency and emergency planning

  • Infection Control Section
    • I 1.1 Infection Prevention Control Program (IPAC)
    • I 1.5 Surveillance
    • I 2.2 Routine Practices
    • I 2.8 Additional Procedures
    • I 4.2 Management of Respiratory Outbreak
    • I 4.5 Pandemic Preparedness and Response
    • I 5.2 Instructions to Visitors
  • Infection Control Tutorial
  • Sample Emergency Plan
    • S 5.19 Building System Failure (includes loss of essential services) – Code Grey
    • S 5.22 Deciding Whether to Evacuate or Shelter in Place
    • S 5.24 Emergency Staffing
    • S 5.28.1 Emergency Fan Out List

To access these resources please visit The Learning Centre for Senior Living or ORCA’s Member Website.
Please contact if you do not have access.