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School/Child Care COVID-19 Exposure Guidance:

If you have been identified as part of a school/child care outbreak or dismissal, you will receive a letter with instructions.

Please follow the instructions provided to you by the WECHU and school board/child care facility.

Other members in the household who were not exposed to a confirmed positive case should complete the online self-assessment for their next steps. Students and children must complete the daily active screening as required by their school/child care facility.

Please note: The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s (WECHU) case and contact management may provide different guidance to any individual based on their exposure history, context of interactions, and symptom onset. If you have completed your required isolation period, please continue to follow current public health guidelines to prevent re-infection and the spread of COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting test results, have a confirmed positive test, or are a close contact, you are required to self-isolate as per the Section 22 Class Action Order for Isolation from the Local Medical Officer of Health. Learn more about this order and its enforcement.

For medical or health advice, contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing severe symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Learn where and when to get tested.

Still unsure if you need to get tested? Complete the online self-assessment to determine whether you need to get tested. For students and children, complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening.

Local COVID-19 Testing Locations

Hours of operation may be subject to change. Please contact the testing location or visit their website in advance.

Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus (WRH) COVID-19 Assessment Centre - Ouellette Campus
& Met Campus (Paediatric Urgent Medical Assessment Clinic)

For booking and testing information, including locations and hours of operation, visit the WRH website.


 

Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC) COVID-19 Assessment Centre

For booking and testing information, including location and hours of operation, visit the ESHC website.


Medical Laboratories of Windsor COVID-19 Assessment Centres - LaSalle, Windsor, Tecumseh & Leamington Locations

For booking and testing information, including locations and hours of operation, visit Medical Laboratories of Windsor website.


Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

The SOAHAC is offering COVID-19 screening and testing by appointment only to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) community members in Windsor. You do not need to be a SOAHAC client to be tested.

Schedule an appointment by calling 519-916-1755.

Location:

1405 Tecumseh Road West, Windsor

For more information, visit the SOAHAC website.


Pharmacy Testing

COVID-19 Testing is available at local pharmacies for individuals with no symptoms who fit the testing criteria. To see if you are eligible for Pharmacy Testing and to find a pharmacy near you, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 test and testing location information.

Check your results online. If you cannot access your test results online, contact the testing location or your health care provider.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • New olfactory or taste disorder (decrease or loss of smell or taste)

Other symptoms of COVID-19 in adults (over 18) can include

  • Fatigue/lethargy, or malaise (general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness) not related to other known causes or conditions
  • Myalgias (muscle aches and pain)

Other symptoms of COVID-19 in children (under 18) can include

  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

Other symptoms can include

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Pink eye
  • Decreased or lack of appetite (particularly in children)

Note: these symptoms are not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, abdominal pain caused by menstrual cramps is not a symptom of COVID-19).

For more information, view the Ministry of Health’s COVID Reference Document for symptoms.

Stay home and complete the online self-assessment for next steps. For students and children, complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening.

In Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada*, or any combination of such vaccines,
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
  • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

*The COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by Health Canada are Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson)

A previously positive individual is someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days AND they have fully recovered from their initial infection.

Learn more about being Fully Vaccinated or Previously Positive (Page 4).

Close contacts are individuals who have a high risk of contracting COVID-19 based on their time spent (exposure) with someone who has tested positive.

You would be considered a close contact if you have been in close physical contact (less than 2 metres) with someone who has recently tested positive:

  • For 15 minutes (or all interactions add up to 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period)
  • Without the use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (i.e. masks), including lack of eye protection in health care settings.

OR if you were sneezed or coughed on while in close proximity to someone who has tested positive

OR if you live with or provide care for someone who has tested positive

You are required to get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-isolate for 10 days (even if your test result is negative). After 10 days, if you do not have symptoms, you can stop isolating.

Individuals with a high-risk exposure (close contacts) must report their exposure to their employer, regardless of whether they have been directed to isolate or not.

If you do NOT have symptoms:

  • And are fully vaccinated, get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days from your last exposure with the positive individual. You must self-isolate if you develop symptoms.
  • And are a previously positive individual (within the past 90 days), self-monitor for 10 days from your last exposure with the positive individual. You must self-isolate if you develop symptoms.

Note: You may still be required to self-isolate if you were exposed to a fully vaccinated individual who has COVID-19. If you are required to self-isolate, the WECHU will contact you.

If you DO have symptoms:

  • And are fully vaccinated, you are required to get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-isolate for 10 days (even if your test result is negative). After 10 days, if you do not have symptoms, you can stop isolating.
  • And are a previously positive individual (within the past 90 days), you are required to self-isolate for 10 days. After 10 days, if you do not have symptoms, you can stop isolating.

If you are unsure what your next steps should be, complete the online self-assessment. For students and children, complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening.

Additional guidance can be found in the Ministry of Health Guidance for Fully Immunized and Previously Positive Individuals (FR).

Individuals with a high-risk exposure (close contacts) must report their exposure to their employer, regardless of whether they have been directed to isolate or not. Please note that employers may have their own protocols in place for those who are fully vaccinated that extend beyond Public Health recommendations.

If you think you are a close contact or have been exposed to COVID-19, complete the online self-assessment for next steps. For students and children, complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening.

Self-isolate immediately for 10 days from the day you got tested or when your symptoms started (regardless if you are or are not fully vaccinated).

After 10 days, if you have no symptoms, you can stop isolating. If you are immunocompromised, self-isolate for 20 days from the day you got tested or when your symptoms started. In addition to self-isolating, please make a list of your close contacts from the time you developed symptoms or if you have no symptoms, from the date you were tested, and advise them to complete the online self-assessment for next steps. For students and children, complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening. Please be prepared to provide the name and phone number of your close contacts to the WECHU if requested.

Please be advised that the WECHU is contacting positive cases as quickly as possible. In the event that your isolation period has ended and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, it is acceptable to end your isolation prior to being cleared or contacted by the WECHU. The WECHU does not provide written clearance for employees or employers, or travel purposes related to COVID-19 testing or isolation periods. If you require a written proof of your test result, please contact the assessment centre that administered your test.

Household contacts include those who live with or have similar interactions (e.g. provide care for) with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19. This may include members of an extended family, roommates, boarders, ‘couch surfers’, etc. It does not include those living in separate congregate living settings (e.g. separate basement apartment).

If you are a household contact of someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19, please complete the online self-assessment for next steps. For students and children, complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening.

Learn how to care for a child who needs to self-isolate by visiting Public Health Ontario’s instructions on How To Care For A Child Who Needs to Self-Isolate | FR

Follow Public Health Ontario’s Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts.

Guidance for caregivers, household members and close contacts is available in:

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Additional Resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health –Self-Isolation for COVID-19 Cases or Other Individuals in the Household

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Friday, October 8, 2021 - 1:12pm