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Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
 
 
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- April 24th
Dear ,

We continue to raise awareness about the important work that RPNs are doing on the frontlines day in and day out. Yesterday, the Toronto Star published a piece about RPNs sounding alarm about the conditions in LTC that includes comments from WeRPN. You can read the full article here.

Thank you so much to everyone who has submitted photos for our media project. If you haven't had a chance yet, please share photos of you and your colleagues on the frontlines in your PPE and/or photos of thanks and appreciation for healthcare workers. You can send us a private message on http://www.facebook.com/wearepracticalnurses/Facebook or email info@werpn.com. Please also share your location. Thanks in advance for your help.


Registration Reminder: WeRPN Webinar on Building Resilience
Thank you to the many RPNs who took part in today's webinar on Resilience. If you didn't make it, you can still join one of our sessions next week:

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
Today Premier Ford and Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced a new commitment of $241 million through a new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). Combined with the federal government, this package will equate to approximately $900 million to help small and medium sized businesses bridge until provincial emergency measures are lifted.

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario
announced the extension of all emergency orders to May 6, 2020.

Ontario has introduced a new measure to allow mental health and addictions agencies to redeploy staff within different locations or between programs, and employ extra part-time staff, temporary staff or contractors in order to ensure people continue receiving quality care they deserve during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The government issued a new memo regarding transfers from hospitals to retirement homes.

The Ministry of Health has released some additional guidance:

A summary a the latest Command table discussion can be accessed here.

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

Key Federal Updates
As per the provincial update above, the Prime Minister announced that the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 13,519 confirmed cases (increase of 640), 7,087 resolved cases, 763 deaths and 5,414 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 910 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 243 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 tblair@werpn.com

Sincerely,

WeRPN Team


 
 
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