Wuhan, China reports a number of cases of pneumonia, which turn out to be identified as a novel coronavirus.
WHO issues technical guidance
The World Health Organization issues technical guidance on how to detect, test and manage potential cases.
China publicly shares the genetic sequence of COVID-19.
First recorded case outside of China
Thailand officials confirm a case of COVID-19, the first recorded case outside of China.
First COVID-positive patient in Ontario
ONA participates in a call with Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams to advise key stakeholders that the first COVID-positive patient was in hospital at Sunnybrook.
First presumptive case of the novel coronavirus in Canada
A Toronto man who returned from Wuhan becomes the first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus in Canada. He is placed in isolation in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.
The first case of COVID-19 in Canada was confirmed on Jan. 25, 2020, after a man travelling from Wuhan, China, tested positive for the coronavirus. Travellers from other countries have also tested positive.https://t.co/dfpdKfmhRP
— CTV News Northern Ontario (@CTVNewsNorthern) March 15, 2020
ONA creates a COVID-19 website page
ONA holds a Telephone Town Hall
ONA holds a Telephone Town Hall to answer members’ questions regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus.
ONA and CUPE meet with Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Health
ONA and CUPE meet with the Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Health about COVID-19 transmission and protecting health-care workers.
Canada’s first community contracted case
In British Columbia, Canada’s first-ever case is contracted within the community rather than through travel or contact with other cases.
Canada’s first COVID-19 death
Canada records its first death from COVID-19, a man in his 80s died at a North Vancouver nursing home.
ONA learns that the government is taking the position that the virus is spread via droplets and not airborne
Ontario government Labour Table meets with ONA President Vicki McKenna. ONA learns that the government is taking the position that the virus is spread via droplets and is not airborne. Airborne precautions (including N95s) are only required during aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs).
This change in direction deeply concerns ONA as it is not consistent with the precautionary principle as described by Justice Campbell in the SARS Commission report.
WHO declares COVID-19 to be a pandemic
Call for honest collaboration with the government
ONA, OCHU, CUPE, OPSEU and SEIU call for honest collaboration with the government regarding guidelines for COVID-19 protection for health-care workers and their patients.
CMOH releases Directive #1
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) releases Directive #1. If the CMOH thinks that there exists or there may exist an immediate risk to the health of persons anywhere in Ontario, he or she may issue a directive to respecting precautions to be followed to protect the health of persons in Ontario.
Directive #2 issued
Directive #2 is issued, cancelling all non-essential and elective surgeries.
Government order on work redeployment
Government order on work redeployment. This order applies only to hospitals and not to long-term care. ONA was notified by the Ministry of Health that the order was coming but there was no further consultation.
CMOH issues Directive #3 applicable to long-term care
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) issues Directive #3 applicable to long-term care. Residents were not permitted to leave the home for short-stay absences.
The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour contact ONA to negotiate an agreement regarding the usage of N95s and other appropriate PPE.
ONA negotiates with government regarding principles for PPE and protecting health-care workers
ONA negotiates with government regarding principles for PPE and protecting health-care workers. At the end of negotiations, ONA learns it is for hospitals and RNs only.
The Ministry of Health issues “COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Long-Term Care Homes”
The Ministry of Health issues “COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Long-Term Care Homes.”
ONA issues a media release about Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit offering early retirement packages in the middle of a pandemic
The CMOH revises Directive #3
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) revises Directive #3 noting that all staff and visitors are to wear surgical masks, whether the home is in outbreak or not.
The CMOH revises Directive #5
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) revises Directive #5 to include all health-care workers and covers long-term care homes and retirement homes. N95s were mandated where an aerosol generating medical procedure was anticipated or required.
Canada surpasses 1,000 deaths
Emergency Order “Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home” is issued
Emergency order Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home is issued. ONA was advised that the Ministry of Long-Term Care could not bar agency staff from working in multiple homes because the homes were too reliant on agencies for their staffing needs.
ONA sought an order requiring the homes to comply with Directives 3 and 5
ONA files an application in the courts seeking an injunction and a court order on behalf of ONA members in four homes. ONA sought an order requiring the homes to comply with Directives 3 and 5.
ONA and the Participating Nursing Homes proceed to arbitration before Arbitrator John Stout
ONA and the Participating Nursing Homes proceed to arbitration before Arbitrator John Stout. He issues an award that addresses PPE, infection control measures and resident and staff cohorting among other issues.
The death toll in Canada passes 5,000
Canada now has experienced 5,080 deaths from COVID-19, and 69,905 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The new numbers come from 85 new deaths in Quebec for a total of 3,013, and a CBC News evaluation of Ontario deaths, putting the provincial toll at 1,757.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 11, 2020
ONA learns of the death of an ONA member due to COVID-19. Brian Beattie, RN, worked at Kensington Village in London
ONA writes to Minister Fullerton
ONA writes to Minister Fullerton requesting an independent public inquiry into long-term care.
A new report from the military helping in five LTC facilities reveals extreme neglect and exposes the horrific conditions residents were facing
ONA President Vicki McKenna releases a video on ONA’s website talking about the impact the government’s Bills will have on members, and ONA’s actions to advocate against these bills.
ONA calls this day a dark day for the province’s registered nurses and health-care professionals as the Ford government passes Bills 195 and 197
Update on Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission
The government announces the terms of reference and the commissioners for Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission.
Canada takes a major step toward producing PPE, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford announce an agreement with 3M
MOH informs ONA that it will not exclude social workers from working as care coordinators
After months of meetings and lobbying on behalf of social workers, the Ministry of Health (MOH) informs ONA that it will not exclude social workers from working as care coordinators under the new home care regulation.
Canada enters the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
We’re at a crossroads, Canada. The second wave is underway in some provinces. And across the country, COVID-19 remains a serious health threat. I met with Dr. Tam, @PattyHajdu, and officials this morning to go over our plans to keep you safe – but we can’t do this without you. pic.twitter.com/lddhpTbnV5
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 24, 2020
ONA launches a province-wide advertising campaign on Thanksgiving Monday
ONA is launching a new campaign on Thanksgiving Monday, reminding Ontarians that front-line registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses and health-care professionals are ‘still fighting’ on the front lines of the pandemic https://t.co/9UaJwyKqIc pic.twitter.com/IVNaWi8qcr
— Ontario Nurses’ Association (@ontarionurses) October 9, 2020
Canada’s COVID-19 case count hits the 200,000 mark
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Canada past 200,000 cases, as tougher health restrictions took effect in regions facing a surge in infections.@VanessaLeeCTV and @JillMacyshonCTV have a cross-country round-up in tonight’s newscast.
— CTV National News (@CTVNationalNews) October 20, 2020
ONA is pleased to learn of the government’s proposal to increase direct hours of care for residents in long-term care to four hours per day
Ontario is increasing the hours of direct care for each long-term care resident to an average of four hours per day. This commitment will make Ontario the leader among Canadian provinces in the provision of care for long-term care residents. #SupportingLTCON #Markham #Stouffville pic.twitter.com/2AQDkOFPXp
— Paul Calandra (@PaulCalandra) November 3, 2020
Trudeau says most Canadians should receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 2021
Prime Minister Trudeau says most Canadians should have a #COVID vaccine by September. The Ford government announced that doses will start coming in as early as January.
— 680 NEWS Toronto (@680NEWS) November 28, 2020
Canada records more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19, just 18 days after it hits the 300,000 mark
The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine are administered to people in Quebec and Ontario
Ontario confirms Canada’s first known cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant involve a couple from the Durham Region
The Ontario government says it expects to vaccinate approximately 8.5 million people by the end of June 2021 against COVID-19
A health-care worker in Toronto becomes the first person in Ontario to receive a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Today at UHN, healthcare workers from the Rekai Centres in Toronto, Anita Quidangen, Derek Thompson, Lucky Aguila, Cecile Lasco, and Colette Cameron, were the first in Ontario to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. pic.twitter.com/PbrpuCXIvu
— University Health Network (@UHN) January 4, 2021
ONA is deeply disappointed in the news that several people in positions of authority in the province have left the country to vacation during the pandemic
ONA is outraged at the provincial government’s denial to exempt the front-line RNs, NPs and health-care professionals from its wage-suppression legislation, Bill 124
Outraged at the provincial government’s denial to exempt the front-line RNs, NPs & health-care professionals from its wage-suppression legislation, #Bill124, ONA is filing thousands of pages of evidence from front-line registered nurses to @OntarioOn
More: https://t.co/NuSKRWxLSy pic.twitter.com/YWeWpfjzLd
— Ontario Nurses’ Association (@ontarionurses) January 15, 2021
The one-year anniversary of the first case in Ontario – provincial case count sits at 256,960
ONA writes an open letter to Premier Doug Ford requesting that Ontario’s directives be revised to recognize precautions for airborne transmission
Brazilian COVID-19 variant found in Toronto
Ford government announces the province’s first known case of the South African coronavirus variant in Mississauga
ONA files an urgent judicial review application to seek changes to directives to recognize and protect against the grave risks to health-care workers from COVID-19 – including aerosol and asymptomatic transmission.
Canada approves the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the third shot officially authorized in the country
Health Canada approves AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Canada has pre-ordered 20 million doses of the vaccine, which was co-developed by researchers at the University of Oxford. @botelhok reports. #COVID19 #vaccine #Canda
— CHCH News (@CHCHNews) February 27, 2021
ONA launches a province-wide advertising campaign featuring its own members – urging Ontarians to take comfort in knowing that registered nurses and health-care professionals continue to be there, holding the line as the COVID-19 pandemic continues
They say respect has to be earned.
When nurses are called upon…we answer the call.
When patients need our care…we’re there for them.
When every day brings increasing risk…we hold the line.
— Ontario Nurses’ Association (@ontarionurses) March 1, 2021
The Ontario government says it is aiming to have all eligible residents who wish to get a COVID-19 vaccine to have their first dose completed by June 20
Ontario announces that 325 pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
More than a million COVID-19 vaccines administered
Health Minister Christine Elliot announces that more than a million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province.
The Ford government declares the province’s third state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing a provincewide stay-at-home order that will last for a minimum of four weeks
Effective Thursday, April 8, Ontario is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order.
This order will help keep people safe, allow our vaccination program to reach more people & reduce burden on our hospitals.
We will do whatever it takes to keep Ontarians safe and schools open.
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) April 7, 2021
The Ontario government advises ONA that it is enacting a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)
The Ontario government advises ONA that it is enacting a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to permit Ontario Health and the Home & Care Community Support Services (HCCSS), to redeploy staff to hospitals to address capacity and staffing pressures during the third wave of COVID-19.
ONA holds a telephone town hall meeting
ONA holds a telephone town hall meeting and Facebook live event to cover the latest developments on redeployment, COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, vaccine rollouts, implications of the third wave, changes to Directives, PPE and an update on ONA’s judicial review application.
The Long-Term Care COVID Commission releases its final report
The Honourable Frank N. Marrocco, Angela Coke, and Dr. Jack Kitts, Commissioners of Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission, submitted their Final Report to the Minister of Long-Term Care on April 30, 2021.