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COVID-19 Screening

Today, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health, issued a Letter of Instruction (LOI) to require businesses and organizations to implement strict mask use and an expanded list of symptoms for screening staff and patrons , effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

The Letter of Instruction will remain in effect until such time as the Medical Officer of Health determines it is no longer required. Individuals who do not comply with this Letter of Instruction may be liable for a fine up to a maximum of $100,000.

Definitions

“Active screening” is question-based screening about symptoms and answers are used to determine if a person is likely to be infected with COVID-19. The business or organization is responsible for ensuring an individual reports the result of their active screening to the business or organization.

Active screening may be done in person or remotely and examples of how to implement active question-based screening include via the telephone, web tool or app, email, and paper-based screening.

“Passive screening” is question-based screening about symptoms and answers are used to determine if a person is likely to be infected with COVID-19. Individuals entering a business or organization are responsible for screening themselves and they do not need to report the results of their passive screening to the business or organization. Passive screening is done in person and entails posting signs with clear instructions at all entrances to the business or organization that tell people how to screen themselves prior to entering, and directs them not to enter if they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed in the screening tools.

Details of the Letter

Effective 12:01 a.m. on December 11, 2021, and until further notice unless otherwise specified, Dr. Oglaza instructs the Person Responsible for a business or organization to:

1) Actively screen patrons before they enter the business or organization using both the required screening questions from the provincial screening tool and questions about other symptoms of COVID found in the provincial COVID-19 reference document for symptoms, including without limitation: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny or stuffy nose, abdominal pain, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and decreased or lack of appetite.

2) Passively screen patrons before they enter the business or organization using both the required screening questions from the provincial screening tool and questions about other symptoms of COVID found in the provincial COVID-19 reference document for symptoms, including without limitation: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny or stuffy nose, abdominal pain, headache, conjunctivitis and decreased or lack of appetite.

3) Actively screen staff before they enter the business or organization using both the required screening questions from the provincial screening tool and questions about other symptoms of COVID found in the provincial COVID-19 reference document for symptoms, including without limitation: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny or stuffy nose, abdominal pain, headache, conjunctivitis and decreased or lack of appetite.

4) Require patrons to wear a mask or face covering at all times, except to consume food or drink, and as outlined in subsection 2(4) of Schedule 1 in O. Regulation 364/20.

5) Require patrons to be seated at all times when consuming food or drink.

6) Continue to comply with all other public health measures related to screening, physical distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and maintaining contact information of every member of the public who enters the facility, as outlined in O. Regulation 364/20.