Emergency Health Services

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Paramedics

The below screening tool is based on the latest COVID-19 case definitions and the Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports published by the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 Screening Tool – Version 2.0 (August 26, 2021)

Background Question:

  1. Did the person receive their final (or second) vaccination dose more than 14 days ago?*

*A fully immunized individual is defined as any individual >14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e. Johnson and Johnson).

Screening Questions:

  1. Does the person have any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • New onset of cough or worsening chronic cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell
    • If adult >18 years of age: unexplained fatigue/lethargy/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias)
    • If child <18 years of age: nausea/vomiting, diarrhea
  2. Has the person tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or have they been told they should be isolating?

Questions 4 and 5 should only be asked if the person is not fully vaccinated (i.e. they answered ‘No’ to Q1):

  1. Did the person travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days?

  2. Has the person had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 without wearing appropriate PPE?

COVID-19 Screening Results

If response to ALL of the screening questions is NO: COVID Screen Negative
If response to ANY of the screening questions is YES: COVID Screen Positive

If patient screens POSITIVE, document and continue use of routine and additional precautions outlined in the latest Training Bulletin No. 120 – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

For More Information

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