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“Based on our data to date, the risk of a child with just one of these symptoms having COVID is even lower if that child is not known to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw said Thursday, noting that this new checklist only applies to those who are not exposed to COVID-19.
Also from Monday, children with only one of the non-essential symptoms should stay home and monitor for 24 hours, but if they improve, testing is not necessary and they can resume normal activities. However, if they have two or more symptoms, they should stay home until symptoms improve or they test negative for COVID-19.
Those with one of the “main isolation symptoms” of cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell must either self-isolate for another 10 days or have a negative test result and symptoms resolved to resume their treatment. activities, Hinshaw noted.
Hinshaw said the change comes after guidelines were monitored in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. These provinces have updated their symptom checklists and have not seen an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 in schools, she said.
There are 11 Calgary schools still under the province’s “watch” status with five or more cases of COVID-19.
Calgary Clarence Sansom School moved out of “watch” status on Wednesday, while Khalsa denominational school, near Conrich, went “watch”.
Clarence Sansom School had been under surveillance since October 7.
Five more schools were added to the list this week: Sir Winston Churchill High School on Tuesday and Calgary French and International School, St. Francis High School, Bishop McNally High School and New Heights School. and Learning Services Monday.