The Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) is working with Cedarville Breezes Parochial School Leaders and associated Community Leaders to address a probable case of COVID-19 associated with the school. Through a robust collaboration with the school and community leaders, a mutual decision was made to close the small-sized school for 14 days out of an abundance of caution.
While there is a probable case associated with a school, the GBHU assessment, to date, reflects that the case did not acquire the infection from within the school setting. Currently there are no outbreaks; that is, evidence of transmission from person to person, in any schools or childcare centres, in Grey Bruce. No bus routes of any schools are involved with this case.
Public Health is the lead in all outbreaks and case management and will let you know if you are a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on a thorough risk assessment completed only by Public Health.
Determining who is a close contact is a decision that can only be made by Public Health. Anyone identified as a contact to the confirmed case, both in and outside the school environment, will be contacted by a Public Health case manager directly. Those at risk of infection will be contacted within 24 hours of the investigation.
Anyone not contacted by Public Health is not considered at risk and need not take any additional steps including asymptomatic testing.
The GBHU can make available a testing centre within the community as needed and welcomed by the community, on appropriate and recommended date(s). There is no value in anyone being tested ahead of being notified and instructed to do so by Public Health as results would be unreliable and would put individuals at risk of more testing than is required.
The family of the probable case has been contacted directly by the GBHU COVID-19 Case and Contact Management Team. The GBHU is working with the family and the school and community to identify others, both in and out of the school environment, who may have been exposed and to determine their risk level.
All contact tracing and determination of individual and community risk is made by Public Health. This is true of all cases, whether in schools, workplaces or the community. A health care provider or school official cannot make this decision.
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