23 March 2020 – Interactive self-assessment tool launched, data shared with government

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Ontario government, Ministry of Health
Ontario Minister of Health (Christine Elliot)
Chief Medical Officer of Health (Dr. David Williams)

Overview: Ontario launched an enhanced, interactive self-assessment tool that uses a series of questions to help inform members of the public that are concerned they may have contracted COVID-19. The tool provides guidance on where to seek care based on their needs. It also provides the province with real-time data on number and geography of users told to seek care, self-isolate, or monitor their symptoms. This is in addition to the opening of additional assessment centres across the province.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/ontario-significantly-enhancing-covid-19-screening-measures-and-supports.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: Sub-national, Chief Medical Officer of Health
Evidence/Justification: This tool was developed with the guidance of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams. The tool was developed to provide the province with more real-time data to help inform Ontario’s ongoing response in addition to providing the public with information on how to see care.