Toronto Public Health will no longer reach out to close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19 infections in the community, to triage resources amid an overwhelming number of new cases in the city.
Known as contact tracing, finding and isolating those who have been in contact with people who have tested positive is seen as a crucial part of the strategy to fight the virus in clusters from the White House to local bars and restaurants.
Outside of outbreak settings, the agency will now focus on finding people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a lab test, assessing their symptoms and determining if they can self-isolate away from others, said spokesperson Lenore Bromley in an email, Saturday.
The contact tracers may make a referral to Toronto’s new Voluntary Isolation Centre if people can’t self-isolate safely at home, she added.
But in a huge shift, they will no longer ask