Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- April 22nd
Dear ,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last night's Facebook Live session. We appreciated your engagement and your great questions. If you missed it, you can watch the replay here.

As a follow up on some of your questions, we wanted to re-circulate some key documents that are relavant for RPNs:

What PPE should be worn by nurses in different practice settings? General guidance can be found in Directive 1, guidance for LTC in Directive 3 and guidance for hospitals in Directive 5. The Government also issued Guidance on Mask Use in LTC and Retirement Homes. Note that all the Directives and guidance are available on our website here.

Please also review our Free Webinar on Proper Donning and Doffing of PPE and share with any colleagues who could benefit.

We also received questions about the Emergency Orders and redeployment of staff. Here are the Emergency Orders limiting staff in LTC and Retirement Homes. Right now, it appears agency staff are exempt from this but we're following up with the government to get further clarification on this as well as guidance for nurses in home and community care. Also, here is a memo from the Government regarding deploying staff from Hospital to LTC.

Registration Reminder: WeRPN Webinar
Have you been feeling overwhelmed, worried or stressed? You are not alone! We know nurses are facing immense pressure during COVID-19 and we are here to support you. Please consider joining a live and interactive webinar on Building Resilience, led by Julia Scott and Beth High. Spaces are filling up quickly, click on your preferred date below to register and secure your spot (please choose only one):
Friday, April 24th at 11 am

Urgent Jobs During COVID-19
RPNs seeking opportunities to support COVID efforts can find postings on the following sites:

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

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
The Premier announced further steps to protect Long Term Care residents and staff. This includes making an official request to the federal government for personnel and other supports from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Armed Forces to be deployed to five priority long-term care homes.

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

Key Federal Updates
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, $9B in financial aid for students struggling because of pandemic. The benefit will see eligible postsecondary students receive $1,250 a month from May to August, or up to $1,750 monthly for students with a disability or taking care of someone esle.

The government will also be expanding
student jobs and grants. Specifically, the federal government is also:
  • Creating an additional 76,000 jobs for young people in sectors that need an extra hand right now, or that are on the frontlines of this pandemic;
  • Investing more than $291 million to extend scholarships, fellowships, and grants for three or four months;
  • Launching a new Canada Student Service Grant of between $1,000 and $5,000 for students volunteering in the COVID-19 fight;
  • Providing more than $75 million to specifically increase support for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation students; and
  • Doubling the student grants that the government gives out for the 2020-21 school year.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 12,245 confirmed cases (increase of 510), 6,221 resolved cases, 659 deaths and 6,845 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is now also reporting that 878 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 243 are in ICU and 192 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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