COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative

Public Health Ontario, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the federal government, is strengthening Ontario’s case and contact tracing for COVID-19, in an effort to further monitor and contain the spread of the virus. To-date, COVID-19 contact tracing has been done by Ontario’s public health units. Public health units will continue to lead this essential work; however, the rising number of cases and contacts to manage means they require additional capacity.

Visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information about COVID-19.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is a process that is used to identify, educate and monitor individuals who have had close contact with someone who is infected with a virus. These individuals are at a higher risk of becoming infected and sharing the virus with others. Contact tracing can help the individuals understand their risk and limit further spread of the virus.

What is the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative?

If you have COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has the virus, a PHO representative may contact you during your self-isolation to ensure you are following the requirements, check in about symptoms, and connect you with additional supports as needed. If necessary, our representatives may connect you with a local public health unit for further assessment.

Updated 3 June 2020