Effective March 21, 2022
Long-term Care & Retirement Home Providers
Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes should contact their infectious disease representative at Lambton Public Health with any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Ontario Ministry of Health has produced guidance documents on COVID-19 for a number of healthcare partners and sectors. Please review this page frequently as the guidance for the healthcare sector is updated regularly.
Public Health Ontario has compiled COVID-19 scientific data and technical information, general information, as well as resources for health professionals and specific settings.
Ontario COVID-19 Data tool provides the most recent COVID-19 data including: daily case counts, hospitalizations and deaths (Case trends), total or recent cases counts by age and sex, map by public health unit, source of COVID-19 infection (acquisition), outbreaks and laboratory testing
Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long Term Care provides the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 Orders, Directives, Memorandums and Other Resources
Public Health Ontario has developed a checklist for Infection Prevention and Control Key Principles for Clinical Office Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and updated IPAC Recommendation for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspected or Confirmed COVID‑19
The Ontario Ministry of Health has a COVID-19 screening checklist to support Health Care Providers in their screening practices for all patients.There is an additional screening guidance document to support Long-term Care and Retirement Homes in their screening practices for residents.
The Ministry of Health also developed a COVID-19: self-assessment tool to help members of the public determine how to seek further care.
Passive screening in the form of signage is part of the guidance for health-care facilities. Signs are available to download for both patients and visitors.
For information on who should be tested and the management of those who have not been tested, review COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge from the Ministry of Health.
● Public Health Ontario COVID-19 testing information
● For more information on locations, hours of testing centres, and booking appointments, see the Lambton Public Health COVID-19 testing web page.
● COVID-19 Test Requisition
To help provide your patients with the most appropriate care at the most appropriate time the Center For Effective Practice has compiled information for Primary care Operations in the COVID-19 Context, as well as testing and isolation requirements for healthcare workers.
Visit OntarioMD for resources and tips on how to provide virtual care.
Refer to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge for the latest guidance on contact management and isolation.
Rapids Family Health Team Access to Care Centre continues to be open for episodic medical conditions (e.g., urinary tract infections, ear aches, rashes, etc.). If a patient is unwell and can’t get in touch with their primary care provider, they can access care during the following hours:
Monday thru Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Other medical clinics that may host an after-hours clinic.
– Walk-in or Virtual Medical Clinics for Sarnia-Lambton
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has provided access to mental health and addiction supports for health care workers that may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are available here.
Health Canada has authorized several COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. For more information on each authorized vaccine visit the government of Canada’s approved COVID-19 vaccines list.
• All Ontarians aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. For more information visit our COVID-19 vaccine page for updates.
Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Administrations Site
• WEB MD provides COVaxOn Training for Primary Care Practices.
• Health Canada has developed COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources for Health Care providers.
- Long-term Care & Retirement Home Providers
- Guidance for the Health Sector – Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Screening Checklist – Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 self-assessment – Province of Ontario
- IPAC Recommendations for Use of PPE – Public Health Ontario
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Public Health Ontario
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing – Public Health Ontario
- COVID-19 Guidance: Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting – Ontario Ministry of Health
- “STOP” sign for patients entering health-care offices – English / French
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters – World Health Organization
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