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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)


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Novel coronavirus can cause illness ranging from a very mild, cold-like illness to a severe lung infection. Some common symptoms are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue

Some people such as the elderly and those who are immunocompromised may not develop a fever. For these individuals, the presence of new/worse cough or difficulty breathing may be enough to trigger further precautions.

Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

Clinical Resources

Getting Ready for your COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Revised April 7, 2021)

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Directive Template (Revised April 7, 2021)

Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Directive Template (Revised April 7, 2021)

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Decision-Making Tool (March 8,2021) Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health

Guidance for Obstetrics and Perinatal Care (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada)

COVID-19 Vaccine - Relevant Information and Planning Resources

  • Pre and Post Vaccine Documents
  • Immunization Documents
  • Health Care Provider Education Documents
  • Prioritization Resources
  • Long-Term Care Home / Retirement Home Resources
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    NEW: AstraZeneca Vaccine for Primary Care Providers

    COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available in very limited supply, and as such every possible precaution must be taken to ensure that vaccine is administered as efficiently and safely as possible to those eligible in accordance with the provincial priority framework, and any wastage of vaccine is minimized. Primary care providers who have public health inspected vaccine fridges and routinely carry publicly funded vaccines in their practices are able to access a supply of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to store, handle and administer. In order to do so, providers will be required to:

    • provide the vaccine in accordance with the current provincial priority group, which is anyone currently 55 years and older

    If you are interested in accessing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to store, handle and administer in your practice, please email [email protected] indicating your interest and someone will connect with you to review next steps.

    Other Web Links:

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information - Public Health Agency of Canada 

    COVID-19 Vaccines for Ontario - Ontario Ministry of Health

    Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 9 (tozinameran) Product Monograph

    Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Product Monograph

    NACI Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccine(s)

    NACI Guidance on the prioritization of initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine(s)

     

     

    Newest Guidelines/Documents 

     

    Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): If unable to access PPE through the usual suppliers see the Ontario Health: Quick Reference - PPE and Critical Supplies Escalation Process for assistance in requesting from the provincial supply.

    Increased frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces is significant in controlling the spread of microorganisms during a respiratory infection outbreak. Environmental cleaning products registered in Canada with a Drug Identification Number (DIN) and labelled as a broad-spectrum virucide are sufficient for 2019-nCoV. All surfaces, especially those that are horizontal and frequently touched, should be cleaned at least twice daily and when soiled. The healthcare organization's terminal cleaning protocol for cleaning of the patient's room after discharge, transfer, or discontinuation of contact and droplet precautions should be followed.

    Public Settings

    Case Management

     

    Reporting

    • Novel coronavirus is reportable under Ontario's public health legislation. If you suspect an individual may be infected with COVID-19, report the suspected case to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit immediately. Laboratory confirmation is not required to report a suspected COVID-19 case.
    • COVID-19 Reporting Form 

     

    Testing

     

     

    Specimen Collection Information

     

    Other Links

    • Information Sheets in multiple languages on: How to self monitor; Self-isolation; and Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts

     

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