Montreal public health officials have launched a new web application to track possible COVID-19 cases across the city.
Montreal director of public health Mylène Drouin presented the Aplatir.ca (or flatten.ca) website at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
The web application has been developed by professors and students at the University of Toronto and has been used by some 300,000 people across the country to date.
City of Montreal employees helped translate the site into French for local residents (although the application is bilingual).
Participation is voluntary, but Drouin has asked anyone with symptoms similar to COVID-19 to use it.
“We are asking you to fill out the form to see if you are in the risk group,” she said.
These symptoms include:
shortness of breath
The app does not ask for personal data beyond the first three digits of your postal code to allow public health officials to track symptoms throughout the city.
The Government of Quebec also has an online triage site to help residents assess their risk of contracting COVID-19.
As of Friday, 2,837 people were infected with COVID-19 in Montreal. Among them, 169 were hospitalized, including 31 in intensive care. Montreal has so far had 29 deaths. Up to 175 local health professionals have also been infected with the virus.
REMINDER: DO NOT GATHER
Drouin also reminded Montreal that with the weekend and the best weather conditions, no one should congregate in the parks and everyone should respect the two-meter physical distance guidelines. People should stay in their own neighborhood and limit movement outside the home.
Montreal mayor Valerie Plante said Thursday police will step up park patrols and toughen fines for people gathered in the parks. These fines start at $ 1,000.