The Central Region COVID-19 Response Team’s Primary Care Leads have been reaching out to family medicine and nurse practitioner clinics through the Primary Care PPE Survey to better understand the PPE needs within the community. The survey data will be used by Primary Care Leads for need-based planning, and action of PPE supplies if PPE is made available.
Given updated information on COVID‑19, Droplet and Contact Precautions continue to be recommended for the routine care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19. Airborne Precautions should be used when aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs) are planned or anticipated to be performed on patients with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.
Strategies to Minimize Viral Spread, Conserve PPE and Maintain Staffing Levels in Case of an Office Outbreak.
This one page 'Cheat Sheet' is in use amongst PPE-supply-challenged Primary Care Docs in Georgetown Ontario. It helps EBM providers to think through how to best conserve their PPE stocks until adequate supplies are established.
Highlights of changes
Reference to Ontario Health’s document on Optimizing Care Through COVID-19 Transmission Scenarios.
Importance of in-person care where essential and for those conditions and instances where patients may not benefit from virtual care (Bullet 4)
Reference to COVID-19 Screening tool for Children in School and Child Care (Bullet 14)
Change from 14 to 10 days of self-isolation following symptom onset, provided that the individual is afebrile, and symptoms are improving (Bullet 14)
Importance of not delaying assessment and treatment of issues which have symptoms that overlap with those of COVID-19 but are clinically evident of a different diagnosis (Bullet 20)
Reference to Considerations for Community-Based Health Care Workers on Interpreting Local Epidemiology (Bullet 20)
Reference to Guidance for Immunization Services During COVID-19 (Bullet 28)
Updated November 9th, 2020
COVID PPE HELP is a network that facilitates distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to organizations in forms of customers, suppliers, donors and logistics to help fulfill PPE needs across Canada.