Accessible description for COVID-19 testing continuum diagram

This infographic shows that Public Health Ontario and the Chief Medical Officer of Health inform testing guidance. Ontario Health coordinates specimen collection, transportation and lab processing. Results are reported to the Ontario Lab Information System, public health units and the ordering clinician. Public health units handle contact tracing.

Activity Testing Guidance Specimen Collection (Assessment Centres) Transportation (Routing/Logistics) Lab Processing Reporting Results Case Management and Contact Tracing
Implementation Chief Medical Officer
  • Hospitals
  • Community Providers
  • Pharmacies
  • Couriers
  • Ornge
  • Regional Transportation Coordination
Provincial Laboratory Network
  • Public Health Ontario Labs
  • Hospital Labs
  • Community Labs
  • Ontario Lab Information System (OLIS)
  • Ordering clinician (individual results)
  • Public Health Units (positive cases)
  • Ministry of Health
  • Public Health Units
  • Ontario Health
Case Investigation and Contact Tracing
Information, Coordination and Support Public Health Ontario (Testing Expert Panel) Ontario Health Ontario Health Ontario Health Ontario Health Public Health Ontario (Surge Capacity)
Oversight Ministry Of Health Ministry Of Health Ministry Of Health Ministry Of Health Ministry Of Health Public Health Units Lead Case and Contact Managment

*Examples of Ministry of Health oversight activities include: overall testing strategy coordination, licensing, pharmacy stakeholder management

Last Updated: September 8, 2023