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. Rapid Antigen Testing
  5. Diagnostic (PCR) Testing
  6. Expiry extensions for COVID-19 testing products
  7. Updates
  8. 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 the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recommendations and resources outlining how health care providers can continue to provide care for patients & clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outpatient, primary care, and home and community care settings

Cancer care

Cardiac, stroke and vascular care

Chronic kidney disease

Palliative care


Rapid Antigen Testing

Important Updates:

Overview of Rapid Antigen Testing

How to undertake rapid antigen testing on-site and/or at home

Swabbing/Specimen Collection and Testing Resources

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

Resources by Test Type


BD Veritor

BTNX Rapid Response

SD Biosensor

Trimedic FaStep





Diagnostic (PCR) Testing

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

Updates on Provincial Testing, Assessment Centres and Lab Network

COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Testing

Recommendations for COVID-19 Assessment Centres

Resources to support expansion of lab-based PCR testing in pharmacies


Expiry extensions for COVID-19 testing products

Collection of Health Canada, Ontario Health, and product vendor letters outlining current expiry extensions for COVID-19 testing products being used in Ontario.

Rapid Testing Products

Lab-based PCR products


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 21, 2024