Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- May 25th
Dear ,

We hope you had a lovely weekend.

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that nursing leaders Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler would be hosting weekly Nursing Chats throughout May to provide a forum for nurses and nursing students to come together to tell their stories and talk about their experiences in this pandemic. The first two Nursing Chat are now available to watch online.

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
Today, the Premier announced that thousands of people have answered the government's call to deliver food, run errands and connect with seniors and people with disabilities during COVID-19.

Over the weekend, the government issued new
direction on testing for COVID-19. Effective immediately testing is available for the following populations:

Symptomatic testing:
  • All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.  Please see the “Guidance for All Populations” of the Testing Guidance Update for details about the symptoms.
Asymptomatic, risk-based testing:
  • People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19.  This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
  • People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

The Ministry has updated guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting.   Highlights of changes include expanded guidance for in-person care for essential visits, testing and specimen collection, and occupational health and safety.  A list of key resources is also included within the updated document.

Minor corrections were made to Directive 3 to update dates within the document.

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 that applications are now being accepted for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.

The Prime Minister also said the government would be working with the provinces to institute up to 10 days of paid sick leave.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 25,904 confirmed cases (increase of 404), 19,698 resolved cases, 2,102 deaths and 3,883 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 859 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 148 are in ICU and 114 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

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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