Tracking COVID-19 Through Race-Based Data

Ontario’s early COVID-19 pandemic response emphasized “flattening the curve” – an approach that focussed on applying public health measures equally across regions and populations to drive down daily case counts. As it became clear that certain communities were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, the focus shifted to mitigating inequities, with the recognition that infection control and protecting vulnerable Ontarians were mutually reinforcing public health objectives. Effectively addressing the pandemic requires understanding which populations are at highest risk and carrying out targeted interventions to protect these groups. Ontario needs to know who falls under the curve in order to “flatten” it.

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Wellesley Institute, Ontario Health