Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- May 19th
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We hope you were able to unwind and enjoy a bit of sunshine this long weekend.

This evening, we'll be hosting our weekly Facebook Live session with our CEO Dianne Martin. Join us at 8pm ET to connect with RPNs across Ontario and ask your questions. Tune in at

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Earlier today, the Ontario government extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020. This applies to the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and other congregate settings.

The government also committed to launching an Independent Commission into Long Term Care, beginning in September. The intent of the commission is to provide the Ontario government with guidance on how to improve the long-term care system and better protect residents and staff from future outbreaks. In response, we issued a statement supporting this step and urging more action.

The Government also confirmed that schools will remain closed until the fall.

A summary of Friday's Command Table is available here.

The ministry continues to work on the revision of Directive #2 and related requirements to support the gradual restoration of health services. Please note that CMOH Directive #2 is still in effect. Providers are encouraged to continue planning and further details will be provided once confirmed.

The COVID-19 Patient Screening Guidance has been updated to reflect the recent changes to both the case definition and the testing guidance

Our colleagues at AdvantAge Ontario have launched new training tools for Ontario's long term care home. Learn more

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 an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. The changes to the CEBA will allow more Canadian small businesses to access interest free loans that will help cover operating costs during a period when revenues have been reduced, due to the pandemic.   

The Government also confirmed the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for another month.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 23,384 confirmed cases (increase of 427), 17,898 resolved cases, 1,919 deaths and 2,294 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 987 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 167 are in ICU and 123 are vented. To view these additional details: click here

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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:

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.

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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