We are constantly receiving updated directives from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. To help keep everyone safe, please stay informed.
1. Prior to coming to work, check your phone (for any mass messages) and this page - save it as a bookmark on your device for quick & easy access.
2. When you arrive at work, check the bulletin board, Point Click Care and with the charge nurse for the latest direction.
COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector
COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Long-Term Care Homes
How to Put On PPE How to Remove PPE
How to Clean Face Shields & Goggles
1. Remove gloves and wash hands.
2. Remove the mask, touching only the elastic (not the inside) and place on a paper towel.
3. To put it on again, wash hands, and put it on.
4. Use wipe to clean surfaces you touch.
5. Discard your mask at the end of the shift in the garbage container by the front door when exiting the home. Sanitize your hands afterwards.
While on break, please maintain physical distance (2 m) from others.
|Individual||Activity||Type of PPE or Procedure|
|Healthcare worker||Aerosol-generating medical procedures performed on suspect or confirmed COVID‑19 patients|| Airborne, Droplet and Contact Precautions,
N95 respirator (fit-tested, sealchecked)
Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
Negative pressure room, if available
|Healthcare worker||Providing direct care to suspect or confirmed COVID19 residents, including nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab collection||Droplet and contact precautions, including:|
|Healthcare worker||Providing CPAP and/or open suctioning to suspect or confirmed COVID-19 resident.||Droplet and Contact precautions using a N95 respirator when providing CPAP. Manage in single room with door closed. Keep the number of people in the room during the procedure to a minimum.|
|Environmental service workers||When entering the room of a resident suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19||Droplet and contact precautions, including:|
|Admin areas||Administrative tasks that do not involve contact with resident suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19||No PPE required.|
N95 MASKS are to be worn for any Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures: Tracheal intubation, CPR, open airway suctioning, bronchoscopy, autopsy, sputum induction, non invasive positive pressure ventilation for acute respiratory failure (CPAP, BiPAP, high flow oxygen therapy).
Collection of a a throat swab is not considered an aerosol generating medical procedure, so you can wear a surgical/procedure mask.
(From Public Health Ontario, "IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19" - April 6, 2020)