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COVID-19: Information & Resources

LAST UPDATED - April 5, 2020

The OCFP has compiled information and resources to assist you in your screening and infection prevention/control activities for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Among the resources are some considerations for in-person visits when phone/video isn't enough. This has been developed by family physicians for family physicians. 

Other new/updated COVID-19 resources include:

As developments are evolving rapidly we encourage you to bookmark the Ministry of Health website, where their most up-to-date documents are held. 

Please note that at the time of this writing there is a discrepancy between the Quick Reference document on Testing and Clearance (March 27, 2020) and the Guidance for Primary Care document (March 20, 2020) as it relates to who should be tested. The former suggests no longer using the Case Definition and instead suggests using clinical judgment. The latter continues to use the language of the Case Definition for testing. The OCFP is advocating for these documents to be aligned and clarified for family physicians.

Note that the OMA Patient Assessment Tool for Physicians also recommends using clinical judgment in determining who to test.  The Quick Reference document and the OMA document both reference high-risk groups who should be prioritized for swabs. 

Long-term care and hospital guidance - For those of you who work in long-term care and hospital settings, please see the ministry's Guidance for the Health Sector webpage for links to sector-specific information. 

The ministry has a 24/7 hotline (1-866-212-2272) for healthcare providers ONLY with questions or concerns about COVID-19. Please DO NOT provide this number to your patients. The ministry is receiving many patient calls, which impacts their responsiveness to questions from family doctors. Healthcare provider emails can also be sent during regular business hours to [email protected] (the ministry's Emergency Operations Centre). This email is monitored after-hours as well. 

We will continue to update you as new information becomes available. In the meantime, check this page regularly and follow us on Twitter (@OntarioCollege and @OCFP_President) for up-to-date information and resources.

UPDATED March 30 - COVID-19: Tips for Family Doctors 

Questions or concerns? Please contact us at: [email protected]

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