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Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
 
 
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation
Dear ,

We're looking forward to connecting with many of you on our Facebook Live event this evening at 8pm where we will be answering your questions and hearing your experiences from the frontlines. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/wearepracticalnurses/

Also, in case you missed it, our CEO Dianne Martin was quoted in this article on Long Term Care today.

Urgent Jobs During COVID-19
We continue to receive information from organizations seeking to hire more nurses to support the COVID-19 response. Several new postings are available on the COVID-19 Staff Needed section.

*NEW* As we note in the provincial updates below, the Provincial Government has launched a new portal to match health care workers with opportunities.

Health Force Ontario continues to recruit health professionals.

We encourage RPNs looking for employment opportunities to sign up on all the platforms noted above.

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Today, a group of unions representing RPNs and other health care providers, issued an open letter calling for changes to Directive #5 to include access to PPE for all health care workers. This reinforces WeRPN's call for clarification on this directive that we published last week.

Public Health Ontario issued a technicaly brief on
IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19.


The Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Command Table issued the following summary of yesterday's meeting outlining key priorities.

This afternoon, the Ontario government announced the creation of a new portal to match available health care workers with employers. The goal is to enable health care providers with a range of experience to join the province's response to COVID-19, including retired or non-active health care professionals, internationally educated health care professionals, students, and volunteers with health care experience. Sign up here

As part of their response to COVID-19, the province is also investing $37 million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous people and communities — particularly those in remote and far-northern regions.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario website

Key Federal Updates
In his daily press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is working to produce 30,000 ventilators domestically and highlighted that 5000 businesses have offered to help produce PPE supplies.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the
Government of Canada website.

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 4,726 confirmed cases, 1,802 resolved cases, 153 deaths and 691 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is now also reporting that 614 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 223 are in ICU and 187 are vented. To view these additional details: click here


Click Here
to read the latest Ministry of Health Daily Report
**Please note, these reports are intended for health professionals only and we request that you not share this with the public.

World Health Organization Situation Reports are also available here

In the News
For an interactive map tracking all cases across Canada and internationally, click here

Below are some key stories from today that may be of interest to our members:


We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you for the important work that you're doing and the sacrifices you're making to keep Ontarians safe. We appreciate everything that you're doing each and every day.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tiff Blair at tblair@werpn.com

Sincerely,

WeRPN Team


 
 
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