Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- April 20th
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Today, the provincial government has released updated modelling, with public health officials suggesting that community spread of the virus may be peaking earlier than originally expected and Ontario may be trending towards a best case scenario. Read more about the announcement here and watch the briefing here.

The Associate Chief Medical officer emphasized that physical distancing and other measures are working, but warned that they will likely need to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Over the weekend, the Ontario Government announced a $20 million investment to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.

A memo to hospitals on supporting staff redeployment to long-term care settings was issued on friday.

The ministry has created a new guidance document for community-based mental health and addiction service providers in residential settings.

Small updates have been make to:

All organizations involved in testing patients for COVID-19 are encouraged to review the guidelines for testing including Specimen Collection and Handling.

Command Table summary is available here.

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

Key Federal Updates
This weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada and the United States have struck a deal to extend current border restrictions between the two countries by an additional 30 days.

The federal government pledged $306 million to Indigenous businesses struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the form of interest free loans and non-repayable contributions.

The federal government also announced it is taking steps to protect Canada and Canadian businesses by tightening the rules around foreign takeovers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign entities investing in any Canadian businesses that deal with public health or the provision of critical goods and services will be subject to increased scrutiny.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 11,184 confirmed cases (increase of 606), 5,515 resolved cases, 584 deaths and 3,799 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is now also reporting that 802 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 247 are in ICU and 193 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


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