Important updates on Ontario's response to COVID-19
Member Update:
COVID-19 Situation- June 5th
Dear ,

As we head into the weekend, we want to recirculate some activities to support nursing self care:

If you're feeling overwhelmed, get extra support. Big White Wall– in partnership with Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) - is a provincially funded, safe, online peer-to-peer mental health community that is free and accessible to all health care workers.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Resumption of Health Services
The Government's updated Directive #2 offers guidance to health care providers on the resumption of non-essential health services, along with the supplemental document, Operational Requirements for Health Sector Restart. We encourage foot care nurses and other nurses in independent practice to refer to these documents to guide your practice as you consider resuming services.

Key Provincial Updates and Resources for Health Professionals
During his daily press conference, Premier Ford mentioned the government would be releasing plans for Stage 2 of reopening early next week.

The Ontario government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to support the design and implementation of the new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR). This data platform will provide recognized researchers and health system partners with access to anonymized health data that will allow them to better detect, plan, and respond to COVID-19. As well, this platform will support projects from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.

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

Key Federal Updates
Today, the government announced it would be providing $14B to the provinces and territories to support economies to restart.

The Prime Minister announced
support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.
This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:
  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.  
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

The government also announced the creation of a National Workplace Accessibility Stream through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities and an investment of $1.18 million in five new projects across the country through the Accessible Technology Program.

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

Daily Reports
As of 10:30AM today, Ontario reported 29,747 confirmed cases (increase of 344),
23,583 resolved cases, 2,372 deaths and 12,247 currently under investigation with lab results pending.

The Ministry is also reporting that 749 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 118 are in ICU and 94 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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