Ontario has launched a new tool for parents and students to help keep them and their school community as safe as possible.

The voluntary interactive screening tool asks students a number of questions, and will then give a recommendation on whether or not they should attend school each day, or guide at-risk individuals to the proper resources.

"We are doing everything we can to keep students and staff safe, and that includes this new screening tool which will help people protect themselves and others from COVID-19," said Premier Ford.

"It's everyone's responsibility to screen themselves or their child for symptoms before going to school. If you're sick or someone in your household is sick, even with mild symptoms, please stay home."

Queen’s Park has also launched a new website with a summary of COVID-19 cases in the province, which includes a listing of the schools or daycares where they’ve occurred.

"Our government is taking every preventive action to safely reopen our schools, including the introduction of Ontario's new COVID-19 screening tool for students and staff," said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

"We have made tremendous progress as a province, which is why we must continue to heighten our vigilance by stepping up screening of each student and staff member before they enter our schools." 

It’s been just under one month since the Northwestern Health Unit reported the last case of COVID-19 in northwestern Ontario, which was reported in Sioux Lookout on August 24.

All of the region’s 46 confirmed cases of the illness, and the 1 probable case in the Kenora area, are all now considered to be resolved. A resolved case status can also come from a patient passing two COVID-19 tests in 24 hours, with no signs of symptoms.

The NWHU is continuing to recommend that everyone assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to practice preventative measures like social distancing and proper hand hygiene, and wearing a mask at all times.

The Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area includes the Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, Rainy River, Sioux Lookout areas.

For more information:
Three weeks since region’s last COVID-19 case
Schools, daycares with COVID-19 cases now listed online