APH – Changes to Case and Contact Management Processes – Wawa-news.com


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 has investigated 486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since December 1st – 20e, 2021, and expects that number to continue to increase.

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 on our the most risky parameters only, including our hospitals and health care facilities, long-term care and retirement homes, community living facilities, schools, daycares and First Nations communities.

Individual cases unrelated to a high risk environment will be contacted by the provincial workforce who support case management in Ontario and provide advice on testing, self-isolation and how to notify their own. close contacts and household members.

APH will no longer provide direct advice to all close contacts or updates in the workplace when there is an active case. Instead, we’ll provide in-depth guidance to help cases, contacts, and workplaces take action 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 webpage, and provides detailed advice on what to do if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Have tested positive for a rapid antigen test;
  • Have tested positive in a PCR test – confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Are identified as a close contact;
  • Need help isolating or accessing essential resources while being isolated;
  • Are connected to a high risk environment;
  • are a business / organization with positive staff or close contacts;
  • I would love to speak with public health staff, and more.

Due to the expected increase in cases 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 aim of this approach is to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by manage people at highest risk of transmission and prevent 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, all doing our part, we will #stopthesurge and protect our community from COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Omicron variant of concern.

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