O-YA COVID-19 Symptom Policy
O-YA's COVID-19 Symptom Policy
Posted November 9, 2021
Tier One (most common COVID symptoms)
If a participant has one of the following 5 most common COVID-19 symptoms (either before coming to O-YA or developed during their time at O-YA), that participant will be isolated from the group and a parent / guardian will be called for immediate pick up. That participant should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
1.Fever and/or chills (Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
2.Cough (examples: barking cough [croup], continuous cough, coughing more than usual, or making a whistling noise when breathing that is not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions they already have)
3.Shortness of breath (Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma). Decrease or loss of taste or smell (Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders.)
4.Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have.)
If their test result is negative, household contacts who are symptom-free can end their self-isolation and children may return to school/child care 24 hours after symptoms have been improving without the use of fever-reducing medication. (Note that any time a child’s symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, then the child has to be well for 48 hours before returning)
If their test result is positive, children and all household members (including siblings) who are not fully vaccinated must stay home and self-isolate. Ottawa Public Health will contact them to provide further direction and guidance.
If they do not get tested, children must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day they started to feel sick (even if they start to feel better). They can return to O-YA after the 10 day isolation period if their symptoms have improved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. All household members who are not fully vaccinated, or household members who are fully vaccinated and also have symptoms, must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days.
Tier Two (most common COVID symptoms)
If a participant has one of the following COVID-19 symptoms (either before coming to O-YA or developed during their time at O-YA), they cannot attend O-YA's programs (or school) today and parents / guardians will be called for immediate pick up. Then, they should isolate until symptoms have improved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. They do not need to get tested for COVID-19 unless they have had close contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19. Household members who do not have symptoms do not need to isolate and can leave the home (regardless of vaccine status).
- Runny or stuffy / congested nose (Not related to seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather, chronic sinusitis unchanged from baseline)
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) (Not related to blepharitis, recurrent styes)
- Decreased or lack of appetite (Not related to anxiety, constipation)
- Headache (Unusual, long-lasting (not related to tension-type headaches, chronic migraines, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
- Extreme tiredness (Unusual, fatigue, lack of energy (not related to depression, insomnia, thyroid disfunction, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
- Muscle aches/joint pain (Unusual, long-lasting (not related to sudden injury, fibromyalgia, or other known causes or conditions you already have)