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

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the program by registering at

The resources below provide planning and implementation guidance for organizations conducting on-site screening for COVID-19 as part of the Provincial Antigen Screening Program.

If you are new to the program, we suggest you review the “Overview of the Provincial Antigen Screening Program” video or deck below and, depending on what brand of test you are using, either the PanbioTM or BD VeritorTM Onboarding Guides.

If you have questions, contact

September 24, 2021 Update

  • Individuals who have previously been diagnosed with and cleared of COVID-19 infection should resume asymptomatic surveillance testing after 90 days from their COVID-19 infection.
  • Screening program participants are no longer required to report preliminary positives to public health units or report the number of follow-up, lab-based PCR tests. 

We are currently updating our resources.


Training and Resources

Overview of Provincial Antigen Screening Program

How to set-up an antigen screening program – relevant to PanbioTM and BD VeritorTM.

Best Practices for Point-of-Care Testing

Describes best practices for antigen screening, including facilities, equipment, and occupational health and safety measures.

Collecting Specimens

Reviews the types of swabs used in antigen testing, acceptable specimen collection methods and demonstrates how to collect specimens.


Instructions on how to swab your nose for a COVID-19 antigen rapid test.

Documenting and Reporting Results

Demonstrates how to enter results in the Health Data Collection Service.

PanbioTM Antigen Rapid Test Resources

Provides an overview of how to implement a PanbioTM antigen screening program.

Detailed information on how to set-up and run an on-site rapid antigen clinic using PanbioTM.

At-Home Self-Screening

Instructions on how to complete self-testing using the Panbio COVID-19 antigen rapid test.

BTNX Rapid ResponseTM Antigen Test Resources

At-Home Self-Screening

Instructions on how to complete self-testing using the BTNX Rapid Response COVID-19 antigen rapid test.

BD VeritorTM Antigen Rapid Test Resources

Detailed information on how to set-up and run an on-site rapid antigen clinic using BD VeritorTM.

At-Home Self-Screening

Instructions on how to complete self-testing using the BD Veritor COVID-19 antigen rapid test.

COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Testing

Updates on Provincial Testing, Assessment Centres and Lab Network

Recommendations for COVID-19 Assessment Centres



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: October 20, 2021