The Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) are closely monitoring the emergence of a novel (new) coronavirus referred to as COVID-2019, which was first identified in Wuhan, China. To support the sharing of accurate and up-to-date information as the situation evolves, we strongly recommend that you visit these websites frequently as the most appropriate sources for the latest and most relevant information, guidance and resources available:
- Ministry of Health’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) webpage for healthcare providers
- Ministry of Health’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) webpage for the public – updated daily
- Public Health Ontario’s Novel Coronavirus webpage
- Public Health Agency of Canada’s Novel Coronavirus webpage
The Ministry has developed a list of common questions and answers for healthcare providers, which includes information about managing care for returning travelers that are self-isolating. Registrants and pharmacy employers can also call the Ministry’s Healthcare Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272 if they have any additional questions or need more information.
As a reminder, registrants should be aware that under recent regulatory changes to Ontario’s public health legislation, 2019 novel coronavirus is now a disease of public health significance, in addition to other communicable and virulent diseases such as measles. Under the Health Promotion and Protection Act, all registrants who form the opinion that a patient has or may have 2019 novel coronavirus must report this information to their region’s public health unit or medical officer of health as soon as possible. You can find the contact information for your local public health unit on the Ministry website.
Hospital pharmacists and technicians should be familiar with the hospital policy and procedure, including the expectation of pharmacists, if any, for reporting suspected cases of 2019 novel coronavirus among inpatients and outpatients.
The Ministry of Health has provided the following case definitions. This will be updated as appropriate in consultation with Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
If you have any questions, please contact the dedicated hotline for healthcare providers listed above.
The College has and will continue to participate in these updates from the government and public health officials and, as always, will support the dissemination of any information relevant to registrants. In the meantime, be sure to visit the Ministry’s coronavirus webpage with sector specific guidance for healthcare providers for healthcare providers and the Public Health Ontario (PHO) webpage.