October 2020
COVID-19 Updates: Pre-Screening and Province's Plan for the Second Wave

2020-10-01 10:14:46 AM


Note: this blog post has been edited to include clarification of the below update on pre-screening. 

It has been a particularly busy and newsworthy couple of weeks! And it's October already! We hope everyone is managing well and taking care of themselves.

Here are a couple of COVID-19 related updates:

New COVID-19 related Regulation

The Province has put in place additional instructions "to ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19". This includes a requirement for businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.  The rules are part of  Ontario Regulation 364/20, “Rules for Areas in Stage 3” under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 .

Ontario News Release on New Public Health Measures Implemented to Keep Ontarians Safe.

Provincial Plan for Second Wave

On September 30th, the Province released its plan for preparing for the second wave said to be worth $2.8 billion.
There are 6 areas identified for action:
  1. Maintain strong public health measures including continued expansion of testing and case and contact management:
  2. Implement flu immunization campaign, said to the the largest in Ontario’s history
  3. Identify, manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks through quick response
  4. Reduce health services backlogs
  5. Prepare for case surges
  6. Recruit, retain, train and support health care workers and engage families and caregivers. This includes:  supporting long-term care homes through a Long-term care preparedness plan with $540m investments and; the earlier released Provincial Back-to-School Plan and $234.6m Safe Restart Agreement funding for child care and early years programming.
Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 


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