HPPH issues release on COVID-19 reporting in schools

Huron Perth Public Health

Huron Perth Public Health has issued a release on reporting practices for COVID-19 in a school setting.

Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Miriam Klassen, says one of first things they’ll look at is was the student at school during their period of transmissibility. She says if the student was at home doing online learning and there was no risk of transmission in the school setting then they won’t report that case.

She says where there is a case that needs to be investigated for the potential for transmission in the school setting, they will then contact the necessary parties.

“Where there is a case that needs to be investigated for the potential for transmission in the school setting, then we will be contacting those contacts directly and will providing people with advice, if they should self-isolate and, or if, they should self-monitor for symptoms.”

Doctor Klassen says in the event of an outbreak where there’s evidence of transmission in the school setting, it wouldn’t mean a full shutdown.

“If there is an outbreak when there’s evidence of transmission in the school setting essentially, so two cases connected in time and space, we would report the outbreak and report if a class or a cohort had to be sent home or even if the school were closed.”

Doctor Klassen says one or two cases or even a small outbreak, would not necessarily result in a school being closed. More information on the release can be found on the hpph.ca/school web site.