Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- May 21st
Dear ,

Hope your week is going well so far.

We continue to press the government for more details regarding pandemic pay. Today we received some further clarification on pandemic pay in LTC. The government confirmed that all publicly funded non-management staff who are working on-site at a licensed Long-Term Care Home are eligible for temporary Pandemic Pay, including clinical care staff and
support staff (full-time, part-time and or/casual workers).

The Government is asking that employers add the Pandemic Pay to their employees’ regular paycheques or include Pandemic Pay in contracts with external agencies. The Government stated that they anticipated that money will begin flowing as soon as possible. The funding will be retroactive to April 24, 2020.

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Today, the provincial government announced it is quickly moving forward with innovative research to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. These projects, part of the government's $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, focus on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences. Additionally, Ontario is leading 22 clinical trials investigating COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

A summary of the Tuesday Command Table meeting is available here

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 $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve.

This additional funding will support more community-based projects that address the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis, including food security, mental health support services, and sanitation and protective equipment. It could also help with other needs, such as support for Elders, transportation, and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth. Funding for projects will start rolling out in the coming weeks.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 24,187 confirmed cases (increase of 413), 18,509 resolved cases, 1,993 deaths and 5,051 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 984 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 155 are in ICU and 117 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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