Process for Suspected and/or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Suspected Cases of COVID-19
Childcare centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 have the duty to report suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. We will contact the local public health unit to report any suspected / confirmed case of COVID-19. Once contacted, they will provide specific advice on what control measures should be implemented to prevent the potential spread and how to monitor for other possible infected staff and children.
Childcare centres must consider a single, symptomatic, laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or child as a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak in consultation with the local public health unit. Outbreaks should be declared in collaboration between the centre and WDGPH to ensure an outbreak number is provided.
Child Care Isolation Policy (Appendix B)
Children – While in Attendance
Any child exhibiting a symptom associated with COVID-19 must be immediately separated from others in a supervised isolated area to continue assessment of suspected symptoms in order to determine further action and/or until they are picked up.
The child exhibiting symptoms will be isolated in a separate room with a supervising childcare staff member (in full PPE) in accordance with the Centre Isolation Policy.
The staff member who is providing care to the child should maintain a distance of 2-metres.
Children with symptoms should be tested.
Other children and staff in the centre who were present while a child or staff member became ill should be identified as a close contact and cohorted (i.e. grouped together). WDGPH will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of these close contacts.
While in isolation:
- The child with suspected COVID-19 should wear a surgical/procedural mask (if tolerated)
- Tissues should be provided to the child for proper respiratory etiquette, with proper disposal of the tissue in a non-touch garbage bin and proper hand hygiene.
- The parent/guardian will be notified and must immediately pick up their child
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette should be practiced with the child who is waiting to be picked up.
- The centre staff or Supervisor must immediately begin to complete the appropriate Suspected/Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Tracking Form to document details of the suspected case.
- Public health must be contacted and notified of a potential COVID -19 case
Centre Staff – While in Attendance
The childcare staff member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must report to their symptoms to the Executive Director / Supervisor immediately.
Once staff coverage is confirmed, the staff will be required to leave work following the departure process as per guidelines and arrange to be tested for COVID-19. They will be excluded from work while in self-isolation.
Surfaces that were touched by the staff displaying symptoms must be disinfected as soon as possible in accordance with Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures.
The Executive Director / Supervisor will complete the Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Tracking Form.
Other children and staff in the centre who were present while the staff member became ill should be identified as a close contact and cohorted (i.e. grouped together). WDGPH will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of these close contacts.
Children/Parents – While Not in Attendance
Parents will notify the Executive Director immediately by email with details of anyone who begins to experience symptoms of
The Executive Director / Supervisor must complete the appropriate Suspected/Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Tracking Form and immediately notify the WDG Public Health designate.
The person with the suspected case of COVID-19 must visit a COVID-19 Assessment Centre to be tested and inform the Assessment Centre that attend/work in childcare. They must self-isolate until the test results are received.
The Executive Director / Supervisor must notify those who may have been in contact with the person exhibiting symptoms of
COVID-19 of the report and remind them to continue to self- monitor.
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Public Health will notify the Child Care operator of any confirmed positive cases and will follow up with any close contacts to the confirmed case.
The Executive Director / Supervisor must follow explicit direction of Public Health and complete all reporting requirements.
Parents / children / staff should self–monitor for signs of COVID-19.