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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.  Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

March 31, 2020

The Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings until April 13. This is an extension to the closure of non-essential workplaces initially put in place on March 24.  This extension applies to the list of essential businesses, including Denture clinics for the provision of emergency care.  Click here to view the full news release. 

March 24, 2020

The Government of Ontario is seeking additional experienced health care providers who may want to assist with provincial efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. The College is providing this request to active or retired Denturists, Denturism students, and applicants, in the event that you are interested in lending your support. The Government may be seeking support in areas that do not involve the practice of Denturism. 

If you are interested, please visit the Health Force Ontario website found here for more information and to complete the recruitment application.

March 23, 2020

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extension as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open can be found here. In the Ontario Government’s list of essential businesses, item 58 identifies “Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists, optometrists and physio-therapists”.  The care provided by denturists to patients in emergent situations will fall in this category.

The Chief Medical Officer has issued the following recommendation for Health Care Workers returning to work after travelling: CMOH Recommendations Re: Health Worker Illness and Returning to Work

March 20, 2020

  • The Chief Medical Officer has issued a directive to all Regulated Health Care Providers, including Registered Denturists, to immediately cease or reduce all non-essential and elective services until further notice. This requirement has been updated from a recommendation. You can view the directive here. You can view the College’s e-newsletter regarding this directive sent to all Registered Denturists here.
  • The College has announced important changes to the 2020-2021 Certificate of Registration and Health Profession Corporation Certificate of Authorization Renewal. To learn more about these important changes, please click here.

March 17, 2020

Office Closure Notice: In order to reduce the likelihood of community transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the College’s staff members, the CDO will be temporarily shifting most of its office functions to a virtual space as of March 17, 2020. We are unsure of the duration of this shift but will communicate developments to our stakeholders as they arise.

March 16, 2020

The College published an update regarding measures instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. The CDO strongly recommending that all non-essential denturism care and service be suspended immediately
  2. Ongoing information access
  3. College functions and business activities including physical office closure and college meetings
  4. Quality assurance
  5. Registration renewal

Please read the full update here.

March 13, 2020

Public Health Ontario has posted a technical brief Updated IPAC Recommendations for Use of PPE for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19

March 12, 2020

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a revised directive for health care providers and health care entities to employ required precautions when interacting with patients suspected or confirmed with COVID-19. Click here to view the directive (revised March 30, 2020).

Public Health Ontario developed guidance in English and French for environmental cleaning for non-heath care settings. 

March 11, 2020

Public Health Agency of Canada has provided the following guidance document:

March 4, 2020

Public Health Ontario has provided the following documents: 

February 13, 2020

Updated guidance documents for Acute Care, Paramedics, Primary Care, Home & Community Care and Long Term Care settings have been added to the ministry website

The Ministry of Health has created a FAQs document to answer common questions that have been received by health care professionals.

February 6, 2020

The Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages and can be found here.

February 5, 2020

Health care providers (in particular acute care settings and paramedic services) facing immediate challenges with their personal protective equipment supply levels can email the ministry at

February 1, 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided the following patient signs for you to use in your practices:

January 31, 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided the following guidance document for primary care providers:

The Ministry of Health has set up a hotline for healthcare providers: 1-866-212-2272

Important Resources

The College strongly recommends you visit the following websites to stay updated on the latest information:

Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 webpage – Updated daily at 10:30 am EST, this website contains the latest information on the status of cases in Ontario, information about the Coronavirus and how Ontario is preparing.

Ministry of Health’s dedicated webpage for Health Care Professionals – This website contains specific guidance for healthcare workers and health sector employers about occupational health and safety, infection prevention and control, and screening procedures.

Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 webpage – updates from the Government of Canada including travel advisories

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