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Information on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

In accordance with our mandate to act in the public’s interest and in hearing the numerous comments made to us by members, in consultation with hospitals and public health and others, we are offering to the membership measures and guidelines in response to the COVID–19 pandemic. 

The RCDSO’s new guidance, COVID-19: Managing infection risks during in-person dental care, will assist dentists in preparing their offices and understanding how to safely provide in-person care. In keeping with the most recent direction from government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, dentists can now provide in-person care for all deferred, non-essential, and elective services, in addition to emergency and urgent care.

COVID-19 RCDSO Updates

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COVID-19 Health Care Provider Recruitment 

The Ontario Ministry of Health is looking for part-time or retired health care workers to assist with the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, the Ministry is seeking:

  • Current and former members of Ontario’s regulated health professions and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers;
  • Physician assistants; and
  • Personal support workers.

For more information, click here.

Ontario has also launched a website to act as a central point for businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the province's response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates from the Ministry of Health / Public Health

Ontario’s Ministry of Health regularly releases new guidance on COVID-19. Access regular Ministry updates by clicking here.

Health care providers facing immediate challenges (less than 10 days of supply) with their personal protective equipment supply levels can email the ministry:

The Ontario Government has developed an online workplace PPE supplier directory, which can be found here.  

The Ministry reports daily to the College on this issue.

The Minister of Health released a statement regarding elective surgeries. 

COVID-19 Sample screening

Refer to our latest guidance for more information.

The Ministry recommends that you:

  1. Screen patients over the phone before scheduling appointments
  2. Post signs in your reception area asking patients with symptoms to identify themselves. 

The Ministry of Health has set up a Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272. Contact if you have additional questions.