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Updated Provincial guidance document: COVID-19 in Community Clinic Setting

Posted Friday, July 30, 2021

To: Ottawa Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Walk-in and Travel Clinics
Date: July 30, 2021
From: Dr. Robin Taylor, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Physician Engagement

Dear Colleagues,

The Provincial Ministry of Health has updated the COVID-19 guidance document for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting.

This document contains updated guidance on:

  • PPE (section 31)
  • Pre-appointment screening and actions if a patient screens positive (sections 11-17)
  • COVID-19 vaccination status...

Changes to ROTAVIRUS vaccine in Ontario

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021

To: Ottawa Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Travel and Walk-In Clinics
Date: July 27, 2021
From: Dr. Trevor Arnason, Associate Medical Officer of Health, COVID-19 Vaccine, Dr. Robin Taylor, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Physician Engagement

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the attached document from the Ontario Ministry of Health explaining changes to the vaccine against rotavirus infection that is provided through the provincial program in Ontario, and the subsequent changes to...

Update: Q007 billing code; patient vaccination status

Posted Friday, July 16, 2021

To: Ottawa Family Physicians
Date: July 15, 2021
From: Dr. Trevor Arnason, Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH), COVID-19 Vaccine, Ottawa Public Health and Dr. Robin Taylor, AMOH, Physician Engagement, Ottawa Public Health

Dear Colleagues,
This Public Health Alert is specifically for family physicians who practice as part of a patient enrollment model (FHO, FHG, FHN, or CCM). Below, please find information from Ontario Health on how to access a report on the COVID-19...

Community COVID-19 testing initiatives

Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2021

To: Ottawa Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Travel and Walk-In Clinics

Date: July 14, 2021

From: Dr. Michelle Foote, Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) Acting, Dr. Robin Taylor, Associate Medical Officer of Health

Dear Colleagues,

Ottawa Public Health would like to inform you of two community-based COVID-19 testing initiatives that may affect your patients.

Take-home COVID-19 testing at Ottawa day camps

In collaboration with CHEO, Ottawa Public Health will begin offering take-home...

Lyme disease diagnosis and virtual appointments

Posted Monday, July 12, 2021

To: Ottawa Physicians and Nurse Practitioners
Date: July 12, 2021
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health

Dear Colleagues,

Ottawa and neighbouring regions continue to be classified as risk areas for Lyme disease. Both clinically diagnosed and laboratory confirmed cases of LD are reportable to OPH. Please notify OPH about all cases of Lyme disease by completing the Health Care Provider Lyme Disease Reporting Form and fax to 613-580-9640. If you...

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