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Ministry of Health Releases New Guidelines for COVID-19 Testing, Case, Contact and Outbreak Management

"In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 Omicron (B.1.1.529)
variant of concern (VOC), the Ministry of Health is providing updated guidance on
testing, and case, contact and outbreak management. This guidance is to be used
as an interim update and where conflicting, superseding all other guidance
documents on the Ministry’s website. The number of Omicron cases is rising rapidly
in Ontario such that individuals with symptoms indicative of COVID-19 can be
presumed to be infected with COVID-19 to initiate timely self-isolation and prevent
transmission in the community. Ontario continues to strive to mitigate morbidity and
mortality from COVID-19, and to mitigate impacts on hospitals and the broader
health system, and on society overall. "

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Interim Guidance 

Algorithm - You have symptoms and are concerned you have COVID-19

Algorithm - You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive

Algorithm - You have been exposed AND work in highest risk setting