The Ministry of Health has provided a new tool to support decision making about whether a child should attend child care (or school).  The link to the document is below for your information.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/57bhyh9kxil4cqa/Screening%20Children%20v1.0%202020-10-01%20FINAL%20EN%20AODA%20-%2001%20Oct%202020.pdf?dl=0

Please keep it as a reference because this is what Cook’s will be using to screen and monitor children’s symptoms.

New Covid-19 Screening Tool Highlights

Does your child have any of the following new or worsening symptoms? Symptoms should not be chronic or related to other known causes or conditions.

1. If you answer “YES” to any of the symptoms below:

  • Your child should stay home to isolate immediately.
  • Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment.
  • Fever and/or chills  (temperature of 37.8°C/100.0°F or greater)
  • Cough (more than usual if chronic cough) including croup (barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing).  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., asthma, reactive airway).
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea, out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, wheeze, that is worse than usual if chronically short of breath).  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., asthma).
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste (new olfactory or taste disorder).  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., nasal polyps, allergies, neurological disorders).

2a. If you answer “YES” to only one of the symptoms below:

  • Your child should stay home for 24 hours from when the symptom started.
  • If the symptom is improving, your child may return to school/child care when they feel well enough to do so. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return.
  • If the symptom persists or worsens, contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment.

— OR —

2b. If you answer “YES” to two or more of the symptoms below:

  • Your child should stay home to isolate immediately.
  • Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment.
  • Sore throat (painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing).  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., post nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux).
  • Stuffy nose and/or runny nose (nasal congestion and/or rhinorrhea).  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., seasonal allergies, returning inside from the cold, chronic sinusitis unchanged from baseline, reactive airways)
  • Headache that is new and persistent, unusual, unexplained, or long-lasting. Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., tension-type headaches, chronic migraines).
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, chronic vestibular dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, side effect of medication).
  • Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise (general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness, poor feeding in infants) that is unusual or unexplained.  Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, anemia).

Thanks for your support and understanding while all of us respond to new directions and information.  We appreciate it!