New Daily COVID-19 Self-assessment Tool
The provincial government on October 1 released a new COVID-19 self-screening tool for families and individuals to use every morning. The new tool is meant to help families and individuals make an informed decision about whether they should attend school, child care or any KPR place of work; consult a health care provider; or get tested for COVID-19. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
The new self-screening tool now has two sets of questions about possible symptoms. The first set asks about symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test or other medical diagnosis.
The second set of questions asks about symptoms that are common to other illnesses as well, such as runny nose, headache and nausea.
- Children who have only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school or child care if their symptoms are improving.
- Children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they consult with a health care provider and receive a diagnosis other than COVID, or a negative COVID-19 test.
Another change in the symptom list is removal of abdominal pain and conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Please click here to access the new self-screening tool.