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Peterborough Public Health message (Dec 31) outlining the changes to Ontario’s public health measures and guidance in response to the current Omicron surge.

Testing and Case and Contact Management Changes in Response to Omicron
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health shared new provincial guidance related to prioritization of eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management in Ontario. The key points are as follows:

  • Symptomatic PCR testing will be available for high-risk individuals, and individuals who work in high-risk health care settings (or other high-risk settings, such as congregate living settings).
  • Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and they should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines.
  • Testing for asymptomatic contacts of cases is generally no longer recommended, except for high-risk contacts/individuals that are part of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk health care settings, and as recommended by public health.
  • Positive rapid antigen tests will no longer require PCR testing confirmation.
  • Based on the latest scientific evidence, individuals with COVID-19 (or have symptoms) should be isolated for five days if they are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12, and if their symptoms have been  improving for at least 24 hours at the five day mark. (Note: individuals who are symptomatic but not fully-vaccinated should be isolated for ten days.)

For more information, please review the Backgrounder for Updated Eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management Guidance in Ontario

While it is unfortunate, it is necessary that Peterborough Public Health (and other public health units in Ontario) shift our focus for case and contact management to the most vulnerable populations in the highest risk settings (such as long-term care, retirement homes, and other congregate living settings). We will no longer be supporting contact tracing among the general public or workplaces. All residents, workers, employers, etc. are advised to seek exposure guidance through

The following flow-charts may also be of benefit. 

The first chart is if someone has symptoms and is concerned they may have COVID.

The flow chart outlines the actions to take if someone has had an exposure.

KMS is committed to ensuring the safety of all our community by sharing pertinent updates from public health sources.  Please see below statement issued on November 18, 2021 regarding:  

International Travel Requirements for Children

With holidays approaching, and families starting to consider travelling during the holiday break, it is important to note that as per the federal guidelines for international travel, there are still requirements for unvaccinated children who will be traveling internationally with fully vaccinated parents/guardians.

Frequently Asked Question: What if my child travelled outside of Canada and is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19? 

For 14 days after arrival the child MUST NOT:

  • Attend school, camp or daycare.
  • Attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g. long term care facility), including people who are immunocompromised, regardless of that person’s vaccination status or public health measures.
  • Travel on crowded public transportation that does not ensure physical distancing and masking.
  • Attend large crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event.

The child must take COVID-19 molecular tests as instructed, unless they have evidence that the child had a positive COVID-19 test taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada or the child is under 5 years of age.

For more information refer to: Mandatory Requirements  for unvaccinated  children entering Canada with fully vaccinated parents/guardians. 

Frequently Asked Question: What if my child travelled outside of Canada and is fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Fully vaccinated children, without signs and symptoms  of COVID-19, are not required to quarantine upon entering Canada and can continue to go to school if they comply with the requirements in this handout: Mandatory requirements for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Canada.

Link to Peterborough Public Health –  PPH’s school webpage for more information.

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