A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Clement CES. Public Health can provide you with additional information/language to include here related to the case(s), while respecting privacy. For example, if a cohort or multiple cohorts have been dismissed, etc. St. Clement CES is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.
What does this mean for Children/Students?
- Public Health will work with the WCDSB to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
- Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter by the school with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
- High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
- Children/Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate.
- If additional cohorts must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
- Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
- Child care/other: The term cohort includes children and staff who have been in shared spaces or involved in group activities at the [setting description]
- Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
What is COVID-19?
· COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans
- COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
- People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms
What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?
- Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily or may cause more severe illness.
- In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.
Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.
APPENDIX: Posters and Factsheets
- How to wash your hands factsheet: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/doing-business/resources/Documents/HowToWashHands.pdf
- Wash your hands poster: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/doing-business/resources/Documents/WashYourHands.pdf
- Help stop the spread of germs: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Help-stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
- Practice physical distancing: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Practice-Physical-Distancing.pdf
- What is physical distancing? https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Physical-distancing.pdf
- Protect each other poster: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Protect-each-other.pdf
- How to hand rub video: https://youtu.be/sDUJ4CAYhpA
Self-isolating and monitoring
- How to self-isolate: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en
- How to self-monitor: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-self-monitor.pdf?la=en
- Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-guide-isolation-caregivers.pdf?la=en
- How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home: Advise for caregivers: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/how-to-care-for-person-with-covid-19-at-home-advice-for-caregivers.html
- How to clean the isolation room https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning.pdf?la=en
- COVID-19 tested! Now What? https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/COVID-19-Tested-Now-What.pdf
- Assessment centre information: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/community-assessment-centres.aspx
Masks/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Face covering factsheet: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Face-covering.pdf
- Non-medical masks and face coverings: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet/2020/05/factsheet-covid-19-non-medical-masks.pdf?la=en
- Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-coronavirus-face-coverings-en-2020-05-20.pdf
- Putting on and taking off PPE (factsheet): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/ipac/ppe-recommended-steps.pdf?la=en
- Recommended steps for putting on and taking off PPE (longer version): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/R/2012/rpap-recommeded-ppe-steps.pdf?la=en
- Donning and doffing videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xueBYfElFEg
- Ontario Together: finding PPE: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus
- Talking to Children about the Pandemic: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_talking_children_guidance.pdf
- Visitors sign: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_signs_EN_visitors.pdf