Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: Ontario News

On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. [...]

Health Canada releases COVID-19 modelling

Date Published: April 9, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Health Canada and The Public Health Agency of Canada released their projections on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic today. They stressed that their projections were only estimates and that the ultimate trajectory of the epidemic in Canada depended on the actions that people in Canada took in the weeks and months moving forward. [...]

Government of Canada – COVID-19 Prevention: Wearing Non-Medical Masks

Date Published: April 7, 2020

Source: Government of Canada

Yesterday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, advised Canadians to wear homemade cloth masks when out in public to reduce the spread of the virus. It is important to reiterate that non-medical masks are not equivalent to medical-grade masks, such as N95 masks. These homemade masks are no more effective than the widely known recommendation to cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands or the air. [...]

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19

Date Published: April 2, 2020

The Ontario government is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to expand online and virtual mental health support and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel during the COVID-19 outbreak. The online and virtual mental health supports are to help those experiencing mental health challenges [...]

3D printing and other unconventional manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to COVID-19

Date Published: April 1, 2020

Recognizing that organizations may seek to produce 3D printed personalized protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, Health Canada has described the necessary standards, test laboratories for product testing, and regulatory authorization pathways. They specifically outline standards for Class I PPE which include face shields and face masks [...]