APH conducting thorough investigation into potential high-risk COVID-19 exposure on school bus

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Algoma Public Health (APH) is currently conducting a thorough investigation for a potential high-risk exposure to COVID-19 for anyone who rode on Boissoneau Bus Line, Bus #4, on September 9 and/or 10, 2021 to and from Eastview Public School and/or St. Mary’s French Immersion Catholic School.

Full details of the potential high-risk close contact exposure, as well as the recommended actions to take, are included in a letter which has been sent out to parents.

“When someone tests positive for COVID-19, APH conducts a thorough investigation to determine the time period when that person was infections, and would have been able to spread the virus to others. A person with COVID-19 can spread the virus to others 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19. Examples of high risk contacts include household members, individuals within the same class, individuals who have been in direct physical contact, and individuals who have spent more than 15 minutes together within 2 metres of each other, such as, sharing a meal or being in the same carpool. Brief interactions, like walking past someone in a hallway or on the sidewalk, are not considered high-risk contact situations.”

The letter goes on to recommend next steps such as getting tested and self-isolating at home, in addition to following the pathways below depending on whether you are vaccinated or not.

Boissoneau Bus Line – Bus #4 AM and/or PM

A. If your child has no COVID-19 symptoms and is FULLY VACCINATED (the child is fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine):
  • The child in not required to isolate and can return to school if they have NO symptoms.
  • Testing is recommended September 17, 2021 or right away if the child develops symptoms.
  • The child should carefully monitor for symptoms until September 20, 2021 and should avoid attending any large or social gatherings or having contact with vulnerable individuals.
  • The child should wear a mask and practice physical distancing when they are outside of their class/cohort and home.
  • Isolation is not required while awaiting test results.
  • Household members are not require to stay home or isolate.
B. If your child has no COVID-19 symptoms and is NOT FULLY VACCINATED or NOT VACCINATED:
  • The child must isolate, and should get tested September 17, 2021 or right away if the child develops symptoms. If the child does not test, there may be times when APH may potentially need to extend the isolation period another 10 days.

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