Province Releases Strategy For Fighting Second Wave Of COVID-19
The province of Ontario has introduced a new app as part of its new strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19 and a potential second wave of the virus that could hit in the fall.
The province says the new strategy will ensure that all cases, and close contacts of positive cases, are identified early, reached within 24 hours, with contacts advised to get tested, and followed up with for up to 14 days.
Public Health Units will connect direct all close contacts to self-isolate for up to 14 days and follow up with contacts every days during their isolation span.
In the document released today, the province said its enhanced case and contact management strategy that will attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Supporting our public health units with additional staffing resources;
- Improving technology tools through one provincial case and contact management system; and
- Launching a new exposure notification app to alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed.
The new app will be available in Ontario first and rolled out to the rest of the country in the future.
The province stresses that the app will not affect Ontarians privacy.