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WeRPN is committed to providing up to date information to nurses about the status of the Coronavirus in Ontario and Canada.

We are in close contact with the Ministry of Health and participating in daily phone calls to receive the latest information and support Ontario nurses and our fellow health professionals in responding to this virus.

This page will be updated regularly to direct nurses to the latest, relevant information. We also encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario sites for more information. The Ministry has also created a dedicated website for health care professionals.

Recent Updates

On March 19th, the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a new memo regarding Health Worker Illness and Return to Work

Below are recent guidance documents as Ontario continues to tackle COVID-19:

Enhanced Public Health Measures for COVID-19

Directives for Health Care Providers and Health Care Entities

Updated IPAC Measures for COVID

Memo for active screening in Long Term Care

Case Definition

For details about the latest case definition click here

Status of Cases in Ontario

For details on the Status of Cases in Ontario click here

About Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

On December 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.


Symptoms range from common to severe respiratory illnesses and include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

Complications from the COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney
failure, and in some cases, death.

How to protect yourself

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:

  • washing your hands often
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette

We recommend nurses review the CNO Practice Guideline: Refusing Assignments and Discontinuing Nursing Services

Guidance for Health Professionals

The Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario have developed a series of guidance documents specific to COVID-19 Below are the latest guidance documents for

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Testing

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

WeRPN members can also access more detailed information for health professionals by logging into the members only section of the site.