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Ville de Gatineau
Confirmation of a case of COVID-19 at a Ville de Gatineau day camp site
Gatineau, July 21, 2020. – Ville de Gatineau and the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais (CISSSO) have confirmed that a counselor at the Jean-de-Brébeuf day camp received a positive result for COVID 19 on Monday, July 20.
As soon as it was informed, working closely with the Direction de la santé publique de l'Outaouais, Gatineau applied the latter's recommendations and the prescribed sanitary measures. The entire site underwent additional cleaning.
A reminder was issued about the protection and physical distancing measures, as well as about hand washing.
According to the epidemiological investigation that was conducted by the Direction de la santé publique de l'Outaouais, 8 people, including children and staff, who present a moderate risk, will have to go into preventive self-isolation.
Gatineau contacted all of the parents and children who attended this day camp site last week, as well as those attending this week, to inform them about the situation.
Gatineau also contacted the employees at moderate risk to inform them that they could not work. Staff in self-isolation will be excused from their duties for the next two weeks. Those individuals have been referred for testing.
Since the day camps opened on July 6, Gatineau has introduced a series of measures to ensure that the sanitary and physical distancing measures were followed as a means to reduce the risks. - The day camp sites are disinfected at least three times a day. The Jean-de- Brébeuf day camp site received an extra cleaning following confirmation of the positive result. - Gatineau is working in collaboration with the school boards to adapt the janitorial procedures to the instructions received from Santé publique at the sites used by the day camps. An additional 34 casual positions were filled to support the team with the sanitary measures. - All Gatineau day camp counselors have undergone mandatory training given by the Association des camps du Québec (ACQ) in connection with the pandemic. Gatineau added training on hygiene measures and on guidance and intervention techniques related to COVID-19. - Employees and the children's parents fill out a questionnaire every day to assess their health. - Groups are isolated and most activities take place outdoors.
“You may rest assured that Gatineau is following all prevention measures recommended by public health authorities to reduce the risk of contagion. The health of our children and employees is our top priority,” indicated Deputy Mayor Pierre Lanthier
Dr. Carol McConnery added that “COVID-19 is still present in our community, and it is important to keep an eye on our symptoms. If you have any, or think that you may have been in contact with someone who does, be sure to get tested.”