Ottawa Public Health Confirms COVID-19 Cases in Two French Catholic Schools

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OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Health says it is aware of positive cases of COVID-19 at two French Catholic schools in the city. In a statement to CTV News, OPH says it is aware of individuals who have tested positive at Laurier-Carrière Catholic Elementary School, on Four Seasons Drive in Nepean, and at Sainte Anne Catholic Elementary School on Beausoleil Drive in the Lower Town.

Both schools are part of the Council of Central Catholic Schools (CECCE). The CECCE did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. Classes resumed in CECCE schools on September 7th. 3.

“DPO works closely with school principals to investigate and directly contact close contacts to provide isolation guidelines and testing instructions, including information on how and when to get tested for COVID-19 », Indicates the press release. “Further details of people who have tested positive cannot be shared to protect the personal health information of those involved. ”

No outbreak has been declared. A school outbreak is defined as two positive cases of COVID-19 with a proven link between them.

In a September 6 letter to parents and guardians of Laurier-Carrière students obtained by CTV News, OPH said it was working with the school to “review and confirm important practices to reduce the potential spread of COVID- 19 ”, such as screening children and staff before going to school, staying home during illness and other pandemic control measures.

“We recognize that receiving this information can be stressful and we want to make sure you understand the process ahead,” SPO said in the letter.

The public health unit then described the process by which cases of COVID-19 in schools are reported to families and close contacts.

“As part of its case and contact management process, SPO contacts every resident who receives a positive COVID-19 test to identify places they may have visited while they were contagious, obtain a list of all people with whom they have interacted and provide them with information about measures necessary to prevent further spread of infection, ”OPH said. “In the school setting, SPO also works with the school to identify cohorts of students and staff who may have been in close contact with the person in school or on school transportation, if applicable.

PHO stresses that if you do not receive a call directly from the health unit, then you or your child is not considered close contact and it is not necessary to be tested unless you have symptoms of COVID- 19 are present.

OPH said a similar letter was reportedly sent to staff and families in Ste. Anne School.

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