Five French Catholic schools in Ottawa have been warned of COVID-19 exposures

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Phone calls and emails to the board on Monday were not returned.

PAHO’s letter explains that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is asked to provide a list of places they have visited while contagious and people with whom they have had ” close contacts ”.

“Close contacts are contacted directly by SPO and receive additional advice depending on their level of risk,” the letters to parents indicate. “SPO identifies ‘close contacts’ through a detailed examination of factors such as the individual’s symptoms, where they are and with whom they have interacted. Interactions where people briefly come within 2 meters (6 feet) of each other, such as walking by someone in a hallway or on the sidewalk, are generally not considered “close contact”. “

Students or staff considered to have been in close contact with the person are contacted by SPO.

“Please be reassured that if you do not receive a call directly from OPH, your child is not considered close contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19, in which case we do not recommend getting tested. your child unless he or she is showing symptoms of COVID-19, ”the letters state.

Public health will list all schools with COVID-19 outbreaks on their website dashboard. An outbreak is declared if a school has two or more confirmed cases or if the infection is determined to have occurred at the school. As of Monday afternoon, no school outbreak was declared, OPH said in an emailed statement to the newspaper.

“Further details about the individual who tested positive cannot be shared to protect the personal health information of those involved,” the statement said.

Like many school boards, the CECCE delayed the start of school, with the first students arriving on Thursday, September 3rd.

Students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board will start school in stages between September 8 and September 15, while their public school counterparts in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will return to class between September 8 and 18. September.

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