COVID-19 Health System Response Materials

Below is information shared with the Ontario health care system and generated by the COVID-19 health system response effort.

On this page

  1. Critical Care
  2. Health Services during COVID-19 Waves
  3. Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
  4. Personal Protective Equipment
  5. Testing
  6. Updates
  7. Virtual Care

For news on the current status of COVID-19 in Ontario and health care guidelines, visit the Government of Ontario, the Public Health Ontario and the Government of Canada websites.


Critical Care

Resources developed by the critical care command table to support decision-making during COVID-19.


Health Services During COVID-19 Waves

The first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario brought delays to health care delivery. The following recommendations outline how health care providers can continue to provide care for patients & clients through future waves.

Hospitals scheduling surgeries and procedures

Outpatient, primary care, and home and community care settings

Cancer care

Chronic kidney disease

Palliative care


Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

Resources for homes adjusting care delivery and processes during COVID-19.


Personal Protective Equipment

Recommendations based on the best available evidence on how and when to use personal protective equipment in health care settings.



Recommendations to support the health system aligning with Ontario’s COVID-19 testing guidelines.


Provincial Antigen Screening Program

As of March 5, 2021, changes to Ministry of Health guidance allow for trained individuals to perform point-of-care antigen testing, in accordance with the product manufacturer’s label. Supervised self-swabbing for point-of-care antigen testing is now also permitted. We are in the process of updating our resources.

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COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Testing

Updates on Provincial Testing, Assessment Centres and Lab Network


Health System Response Table Updates

Updates on activities and progress as the health system responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Virtual Care

Get access to online and telephone services that have been expanded during the pandemic.

Last Updated: March 5, 2021