Focus local case and contact management efforts on the most at-risk settings only
As of today, Algoma Public Health (APH) will no longer provide direct counseling to people identified as low-risk close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released today.
“APH will focus on protecting the most vulnerable, focusing local case and contact management efforts on our most at-risk settings, including our hospitals and health care facilities, long-term care homes duration and retirement, collective living spaces, schools, daycares, and First Nations communities, ”the press release read.
“Individual cases unrelated to exposure to a high risk environment will be contacted by the provincial workforce supporting case management in Ontario and will provide advice on testing, self-isolation and how to” inform their own close contacts and family members. “
The full text of the APH press release follows:
Starting today, Thursday, December 23, 2021, Algoma Public Health (APH) is implementing changes to case and contact management processes to respond to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and to redirect resources to vaccination against COVID-19. These changes are consistent with provincial changes made to respond to the Omicron variant and the surge in cases in Ontario.
Omicron is highly transmissible and has quickly become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario. The APH investigated 486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from December 1 to 20, 2021, and expects that number to continue to rise.
We are ready to use a new strategy to combat this new variant and continue to protect our most vulnerable, keep our community safe and preserve the capacity of our health system.
Going forward, APH will focus on protecting the most vulnerable, focusing local case and contact management efforts only on our highest risk environments, including our hospitals and healthcare facilities, long-term care and retirement homes, collective living spaces, schools, daycares and First Nations communities.
Individual cases unrelated to a high risk environment will be contacted by the provincial workforce supporting case management in Ontario and will receive advice on testing, self-isolation and how to notify their own contacts. close and household members.
APH will no longer provide direct advice to all close contacts or updates of workplaces where there is an active case, and will instead provide detailed advice to assist cases, contacts and workplaces to be taken. steps to help navigate this next phase of our COVID -19 response.
We are now asking the public to help control the spread of COVID-19 in Algoma.
To support this evolving approach to case and contact management, in addition to the information provided by case managers to individual cases, information for those who test positive for COVID-19, high-risk close contacts and locations of work are now available on the APH web page, and provides detailed advice on what to do if you:
• have symptoms of COVID-19;
• Have tested positive in a rapid antigenic test;
• Have tested positive in a PCR test – confirmed case of COVID-19;
• Are identified as close contact;
• Need help to isolate or access essential resources during isolation;
• Are connected to a high risk environment;
• Are a company / organization with positive staff or close contacts;
• Would love to talk with public health staff, and more.
Due to the increase in the number of cases expected over the next few weeks, delays in contacting the APH or the provincial workforce are to be expected. If you are symptomatic or awaiting test results, or have received positive test results, do not wait for a call from the APH or provincial labor to take action. Please use the guidance provided to test, isolate yourself, and notify any close contact as directed.
The goal of this approach is to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by managing individuals at the highest risk of transmission and preventing epidemics and transmission to vulnerable people in high-risk settings. We also want to ensure that our local resources are prioritized to ensure our most vulnerable are protected, that serious illness and death from COVID-19 remain limited in Algoma, and that we preserve our healthcare capacity to respond to ongoing health needs of our community.
Further changes in case and contact management may be required as the omicron situation evolves.
Together, by all doing our part, we will # stop the push and protect our community from COVID-19 and the highly transmissible variant Omicron of concern.