COVID-19 (16 September 2020)

 

September 16, 2020

As most of you already know, the COVID 19 infection was detected in Wabasca at the end of August. Of the four known cases, all have resolved. Wabasca was always going to see COVID-19 and, now we have successfully managed our first cases, it is important to understand a few key points:

The timelines provided for self-isolation are based on our best understanding of how the virus spreads. As such,

  • If you have tested positive for COVID but have no symptoms you must remain in isolation for 10 days after the date of your swab.
    • Should you become symptomatic during that time you need to remain isolated for 10 days after symptom onset or until symptoms resolve – whichever is the longest
  • If you have tested positive for COVID and suffer symptoms you must self isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or until symptoms resolve – whichever is the longest.
  • If you test negative for COVID but have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive you must isolate for 14 days after your last contact with that person. Should you become symptomatic during that time you would be required to remain in isolation for 10 days after symptom onset or until symptoms resolve – whichever is the longest.

Once symptoms have resolved or the infected person has isolated for 10 days (whichever is the longest), the individual is no longer infected with the virus and is safe to interact with the public without concern. All social distancing measures, hygiene and masking protocols should continue to be adhered to for all individuals, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms or have been tested for COVID 19 infection.

To date, the incredible response to COVID 19 by the people of Wabasca has significantly delayed the appearance of the virus in the area and, once it arrived, the response has slowed – and possibly even stopped – the spread. I, as well as everyone else on the medical team, and governance would like to thank you for your ongoing efforts. While it is unlikely that the four cases of COVID will be the only infections Wabasca sees, an ongoing, cohesive response of the type that Wabasca has demonstrated to this point will help to minimize, as much as possible, the impact of the virus.

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