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COVID-19 Update – March 17

March 17, 2020 Angelica Cruz

As you may have heard, today the Ontario government declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What this means is that extended precautions are being put into place to protect you, your families and community. We want you to remain calm and confident that this declaration is the right decision and will aide in the containment of the virus.

Effective immediately, the province has ordered the additional closures of all facilities providing indoor recreation programs, all public libraries, all private schools, all licensed childcare centres, all theatres, cinemas and concert venues, and all bars and restaurants except to provide takeout food and delivery.

This also bans public events of over 50 people, including parades, events and services within places of worship until March 31.

While we are encouraged by the steps the government has taken to limit the spread of COVID-19, we continue to have discussions at all levels about the economic impact this pandemic is having on frontline workers. While the job-protected leave legislation announced on Monday is a positive first-step, we are urging the government to make sure those on leave are also compensated appropriately. We continue to work directly with your Employers to address issues of compensation.

Through this difficult time, we want to assure you that we remain operational, here for you and committed to supporting our more than 60,000 frontline members who are facing the COVID-19 pandemic firsthand every day. We can’t thank you enough for your incredible dedication to your patients, clients and residents. We acknowledge the risks you are taking by working on the frontlines of this pandemic, and recognize the strength that comes along with that. We are proud to continue to fight on your behalf.

While all of our SEIU Healthcare offices remain open, in the interest of your health and safety, we are asking members not to visit any of our offices. Please call your Member Resource Centre at 1-877-672-7348 for all inquiries. The MRC is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but please note, the MRC will be closed from 3:00 p.m. today and will re-open at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

As a reminder, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help support you through the COVID-19 pandemic. To access our FAQ, please click here.

We also continue to build a list of resources that you can find below.

Please note these resources are updated frequently as the Government and Public Health Agencies continue to make recommendations, so please keep checking back.

Thank you again for your resilience and dedication during this difficult time. We remain committed to ensuring you are protected, both medically and financially, and will continue to update you in the coming days and weeks.

Additional Resources

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – COVID-19 Case Definitions


This document provides case definitions for surveillance purposes (i.e. Person Under Investigation, Probable Case, Presumptive Confirmed Case, Confirmed Case, etc.)

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – COVID-19 Info Sheet


Telehealth Ontario


Public Health Unit Locator


Ministry of Health – Risk Levels for Exposure and Instructions on Self-Isolation


This chart can be used to help assess your potential exposure to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and provide direction on Self-Monitoring and Self-Isolation.

Public Health Ontario – How to Self Monitor


Public Health Ontario – How to Self-Isolate


Public Health Ontario – COVID-19 Updates and Resources


This website has links to many resources, as well as guidance on best practices. Resources are available in multiple languages.

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Guidance for the Health Sector


This website has links to Guidance Documents for health sectors, including Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting, Acute Care, Home and Community Care Providers, Paramedic Services and Long-Term Care.

Government of Canada – COVID-19 Travel Advice


This link provides up to date information on travel advice, including identification of Impacted Areas and associated levels of risk.

Government of Canada – Advice for Health Professionals


Government of Canada – COVID-19 Outbreak Updates


Government of Ontario – Updates on COVID-19


This link provides information on how the MOHLTC is preparing for COVID-19 and provides updates twice daily on the status of cases in Ontario.

Government of Ontario Online Self Assessment Tool

Ontario Medical Association – Find Your Nearest COVID-19 Assessment Site

Donning and Doffing Cards

English – https://seiuhealthcare.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/donning-and-doffing-card-english.pdf
French – https://seiuhealthcare.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/donning-and-doffing-card-french.pdf
Tagalog – https://seiuhealthcare.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/donning-and-doffing-card-tagalog.pdf
These printable cards show the proper ways to put on and take off personal protective equipment.

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