COVID 19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

January 28, 2020

About the COVID 19, and what you can do to help protect yourself and your patients:

Health Canada is closely monitoring developments around an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

On January 20, there was a confirmed case diagnosed in Everett, Washington. Several other people have been quarantined in Canada.

ONA is closely monitoring this situation, and has initiated a special task force to monitor and respond to the threat of the emerging coronavirus.
We will provide information, and actions as the information unfolds. In the meantime, you can take action by ensuring that your employer:

  • Has an adequate supply of appropriate respirators.
  • Has in place relevant travel screening.
  • Has completed respirator fit testing and training.
  • Has a dedicated team of clinicians who are protected with and trained in the use of proper personal protective equipment for this type of virus, and who are ready to respond and care for confirmed cases and people under investigation.
  • Has airborne infection isolation rooms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your Bargaining Unit President.

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Telephone Town Hall

The Ontario Nurses’ Association held a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, January 28, to answer
members’ questions regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). The town hall was co-hosted
by ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN, and ONA CEO Bev Mathers, RN.

Click here to see the questions and answers.