Gatineau, July 28, 2020. – Ville de Gatineau and the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais (CISSSO) have confirmed that two siblings who attended the Jean-de-Brébeuf and Saint-Jean de Bosco day camps tested positive for COVID-19 today.
The children attended two Ville de Gatineau day camp sites, Jean-de-Brébeuf, during the week of July 13 to 17, and Saint-Jean de Bosco, on Monday, July 20.
As soon as it was informed, working closely with the Direction de santé publique de l'Outaouais, Gatineau applied the latter's recommendations and the prescribed sanitary measures. The entire Jean-de-Brébeuf day camp site underwent additional cleaning on July 21. Given that the Saint-Jean de Bosco site had undergone the regular disinfection and cleaning procedures since the last day that the affected individuals had attended it, no closure was required.
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 santé publique de l'Outaouais, the children and employees at these sites present a low risk and may continue to attend the day camp. - In accordance with the instructions issued by the Direction de santé publique de l'Outaouais, for the Saint-Jean de Bosco site, Gatineau contacted the parents of the children who were in the same groups as the two individuals who tested positive to inform them of the situation. - Gatineau also contacted the employees at that day camp who present a low risk to inform them and to let them know that they could keep working. - It should be noted that on July 20, Gatineau contacted the parents of all of the children who had attended the Jean-de-Brébeuf sites as soon as one of the staff had tested positive.
The Direction de la santé publique recommends that parents and staff be on the lookout for the appearance of symptoms between now and August 3. In order to comply with the requirements of Santé publique, parents of children or employees exhibiting symptoms should call 819-644-4545 or 1-877-644-4545.
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 of propagation. - Among other things, the day camp sites are disinfected at least three times a day. These measures were applied daily at the Saint-Jean de Bosco site. The Jean-de-Brébeuf day camp site received an extra cleaning following confirmation of the positive result on July 21. - Gatineau has been 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 teams applying sanitary measures. - Gatineau day camp counselors have all 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, intervention and facilitation 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.
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