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Identified as a Close Contact of a Case – at School?

If your child has been identified as a close contact of a case at school they will need to self-isolate and avoid contact with others. Essential help and prevention steps can help you support the child safely.

Full details have been provided in a letter sent through your school from Lambton Public Health.

Self-isolate, get tested and follow the public health measures to keep everyone safe in your home. Details in the letter inform the isolation period (start to finish) based on exposure. Please follow these steps carefully and complete the full isolation period.

Fact Sheet: How to Self-Isolate

COVID-19 Testing

Call volumes are high, please review your letter for details or visit the COVID-19 section on LambtonPublicHealth.ca for more information. Call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800- 667-1839 to leave a message.

Household Members

Understanding isolation for close contacts can be challenging. If your child has been identified as a close contact of a positive case they will need to self-isolate. Having one parent/guardian isolate with an asymptomatic child, away from the other household members is the best option and allows the other household members to still make essential trips. Essential trips may include: work, school, childcare, medical appointments and essential errands.  We realize that won’t work for every family. If you are unable to isolate other household members from the close contact, the whole household needs to isolate.

If symptomatic, provincial guidance states family members and household contacts of a person who is symptomatic must isolate until the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result or an alternate diagnosis is provided by a health care provider. A negative test does not change your child’s self-isolation dates.

Please note that if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and you choose not to pursue a COVID-19 test, your child must remain in self-isolation for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and must not return to school. Household contacts must also self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual. This means, if you are unable to isolate the child from the rest of the household, household members need to isolate for a total of 24 days. 

We appreciate your support.