Updated Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Covid-19 screening tool.

posted Oct 5, 2020, 6:08 AM by Barry Oliver
The provincial guidelines related to COVID-19 screening were modified on October 1st. Ottawa Public Health has updated our screening tool to be consistent with the changes, while maintaining the guidance that is specific to Ottawa for isolation. The tool can be found here, and on our website.

Ottawa Public Health School Screening Tool


Briefly, the changes are that the symptoms have been tiered.

 

If you have one of the first tier of symptoms, you should get tested, or you must isolate for the entire isolation period of, now, 10 days. In Ottawa, all household members also stay home until you receive a negative test and 24 hrs after symptoms have subsided, or for the entire, now, 10 days. The following is the message you receive from the screening tool:

Your child should NOT attend school/childcare today and should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.  

Based on your answers, we recommend that your child goes to a COVID-19 assessment centre or care clinic to get tested as soon as possible. Please do not attend school/childcare and stay at home while awaiting test results.

Household contacts must also isolate at home until test results are received.  

If the test is negative (shows your child does not have COVID-19) household contacts who are symptom-free can end their self-isolation and your child may return to school/childcare 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.  (Note that any time a child’s symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, then the child has to be well for 48 hours before returning to school/childcare).

If the test result is positive follow the instructions from Ottawa Public Health.

If you have one of the second tier of symptoms, like a runny nose, the following instructions are provided:

Based on your answers, your child should stay home for at least 24 hours from when the symptom started.

Household contacts must also isolate at home while monitoring your child’s symptom.

If the symptom is improving and your child does not have a fever during the first 24 hours, your child may return to school/childcare when they feel well enough to do so. Please note that any time a child’s symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, then the child has to be well for 48 hours before returning. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return. Household contacts who are symptom-free can also end their self-isolation.

If the symptom persists or worsens or if your child develops an additional symptom(s), your child should either i) go to a COVID-19 assessment centre or care clinic to get tested as soon as possible or ii) contact your child’s health care provider for further advice, assessment, or other treatment. Your child may return to school/childcare when either:

·       A negative test result is received AND 24 hours have passed after symptoms have resolved. (Note that any time a child’s symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, then the child has to be well for 48 hours before returning.) Household contacts who are symptom-free can end their self-isolation when the negative result is received.

·       A physician or nurse practitioner concludes the symptoms are not from COVID-19 and provides an alternative diagnosis AND 24 hours have passed after symptoms have resolved. (Note that any time a child’s symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, then the child has to be well for 48 hours before returning.) Household contacts who are symptom-free can end their self-isolation when the alternative diagnosis by a physician or nurse practitioner is received.

 

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