Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Health Professionals

In addition to the information below, please also refer to the general Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and COVID-19 Information: Workplaces, Employers, Employees.

COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Please visit COVID-19 vaccine info: healthcare professionals.
 Current Case Definition

 This information may change frequently, please check back often for updates.

 Directives from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
 Guidance Documents from the Ministry of Health

For the most updated guidance documents, refer to Ministry of Health: Guidance for the Healthcare Sector

Guidance documents and signage have been produced for numerous health sectors related to COVID-19, including:

  • Guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting
  • Guidance for Home and Community Care Providers
  • Guidance for Group Homes
  • Guidance for Homeless Shelters
  • Guidance for Long-Term Care
    • COVID-19 Screening Checklist
  • Guidance for Paramedic Services
  • Guidance for Independent Health Facilities
  • Guidance for Laboratories
  • Guidance for Pharmacies
  • Guidance for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Talking to Children About the Pandemic
  • Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues During the Pandemic
  • Guidance for Funeral and Bereavement Services

Public Health Ontario - Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario | January 12, 2021 (Version 11.0)

Public Health Ontario - Infection Prevention and Control Fundamentals, Training Resources | April 22, 2020

Guidance for Acute Care - Ministry of Health | June 15, 2020 (Version 6.0)

Guidance: Resuming Visits in LTCH - Ministry of Health | July 15, 2020

Guidance: Resuming Visits in Congregate Living Settings - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services | June 15, 2020

Update to Visits at Long-Term Care Homes - Ministry of Long-Term Care | July 15, 2020

 Emergency Medical Services
 Directive #4 for Ambulance Services and Paramedics | March 30, 2020
Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Residences 

COVID-19: Visiting long-term care homes | December 26, 2020

Retirement Home COVID-19 Visiting Policy | December 11, 2020

FAQs COVID-19 Visiting Policy | Effective Sept. 9, 2020

Q&A for Long-Term Care Home Staff | December 2, 2020

Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes | April 7, 2021

Directive #5 - For Hospitals within the meaning of the Public Hospitals Act and Long-Term Care Homes within the meaning of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 | April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance | April 15, 2020

IPAC Recommendations for Use of PPE | April 6, 2020

Ministry of Health - Guidance for LTCH | April 15, 2020

Ministry of Health - Guidance for Mask Use in LTC & RH | April 15, 2020

Screening Tool for LTCH and RH | April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Package for LTCH:

 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you are in need of PPE:

  • Work with your regular supplier to determine when you will get regular shipments of PPE and equipment.  Attached is a list of suppliers to further assist you. 
  • Any non-hospital health provider within Huron and Perth region, who is in urgent need of PPE can submit their request to HPHA through this form
    • If HPHA can fulfill the request, they will get the PPE coordinated; it may mean that you’ll need to drive to an HPHA hospital site to pick up the supplies, but we’ll work with you.
    • If HPHA cannot fulfill the request, that request goes up the chain to our regional virtual warehouse (via the London procurement team called HMMS) to help out.  If London can’t fulfill the request, it’s escalated to the Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre (MEOC). 

Resources on PPE use:


Testing guidance and resources:

COVID-19 and Pregnancy, Labour, Delivery, and Newborn Care

Ministry of Heath: COVID-19 Guidance: Labour, Delivery, and Newborn Care | May 19, 2020

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada issued a committee opinion regarding COVID-19 during pregnancy. 

Huron Perth Public Health Communications

Huron Perth Public Health is hosting weekly teleconferences with stakeholders, including primary care, hospitals, EMS partners, municipalities, and long-term care, as well as sending out regular updates. 

To be added to our stakeholder contact list, please email Communications with your name and email address and identify your organization.