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COVID-19 guidance for labs and specimen collection centres

18 February 2020

The Ministry of Health has published a PDF, "Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Community Laboratories and Specimen Collection Centres."

Healthcare professionals should refer to the Ministry of Health's page for guidance about the virus, found here.

The public should refer to this Ministry page for information and resources.

CMLTO issues registration suspensions

10 February 2020

MLTs who did not renew their memberships by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 7, 2020, have had their certificates of registration suspended. CMLTO Registrar & CEO Kathy Wilkie is notifying those who have been suspended and their employers by postal mail. Upon suspension, those people are no longer authorized to practise medical laboratory technology in Ontario.

Further, a permanent notation of the suspension (and subsequent reinstatement, if applicable) will appear in the MLT’s record in the CMLTO Public Register. A list containing the names of all suspended medical laboratory technologists will be published in the CMLTO FOCUS newsletter. To determine an MLT’s status at any time, please search the Public Register.

Information regarding 2019-nCoV

07 February 2020

For healthcare professionals
For specific guidance regarding 2019-nCoV, please refer to the Ministry of Health 2019-nCoV Guidance. Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Ministry of Health continue to develop guidance specific to 2019-nCoV to assist public health and healthcare workers.

Healthcare providers considering the need to test a patient for 2019-nCoV should contact PHO’s Customer Service Centre at:  416-235-6556 / 1-877-604-4567 for advice and support.

For members of the public
For official information and links to resources, please refer to the Ministry of Health page. Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams says the risk to the public remains low.

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