Update from OCDSB on Novel Coronavirus

Update from OCDSB on Novel Coronavirus
Posted on 01/27/2020
Update from OCDSB on Novel Coronavirus

Health authorities in Canada and around the world are monitoring the emerging situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus. We appreciate that parents and guardians may have questions about how this will be managed in schools.

The OCDSB takes guidance regarding health matters from federal and provincial health authorities as well as Ottawa Public Health (OPH), our local health authority. Parents are asked to follow these official sources for the latest updates on Novel Coronavirus.

Visit Ottawa Public Health’s Novel Coronavirus web page for information on the virus and regular updates, as well as other useful links. You will also find tips on how to best prevent the spread of germs. As this is also flu season, we continue to remind students to follow proper handwashing techniques. Signs are also around schools as reminders for students, staff and visitors as well.

Ottawa Public Health has provided the following information about the Coronavirus:

Currently, only persons who become ill within 14 days of having visited Wuhan, China or having been in close contact with someone who has a respiratory illness who has been to Wuhan within 14 days prior to their illness onset are considered at risk for Novel Coronavirus infection.

The risk of getting coronavirus is still low for Canada.

Common symptoms of infection include fever, cough and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Please consider the following if you think you were in contact with the Novel Coronavirus:

  1. Individuals who have developed symptoms within two weeks of travelling to Wuhan, are asked to call the hospital or the medical clinic prior to arriving.
  2. Individuals who have been in contact with individuals who have developed symptoms within two weeks of travelling to Wuhan, are asked to call the hospital or the medical clinic prior to arriving.

For all families, including those that may be returning from overseas travel, please follow these recommendations from Ottawa Public Health to help reduce the spread of germs including the flu and the Novel Coronavirus:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand
  • If you are ill and must visit a healthcare provider, call ahead or tell them right away when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to be seen
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
  • Get your flu shot

Here are more tips on how to stop the spread of germs including the flu and the Novel Coronavirus.

Please review the following resources:

You can also learn more about the Novel Coronavirus on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Coronavirus website

Dr. David Williams, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health has offered the following guidance during this time: “Students, parents and school communities should rest assured that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners in both the education and health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students and staff.”

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