Protocols for suspected / confirmed case

Last updated 20 March 2020

Advice from the Ministry of Education regarding protocols we are following for these circumstances:

  • Following confirmation of a case, the Public Health Unit (PHU) will contact and work with the Director of Education to notify schools and early learning services. The PHU will communicate with the school principal or service manager.
  • Health and education will work together to provide communication material for the school/early learning leaders to provide to their parent communities.
  • The local Medical Officer of Health is the decision making authority when it comes to specific action around isolation and measures to prevent spread which may include a decision to close a school.  These decisions will be made in discussion with the Director of Education.
  • The PHU will oversee tracing and management of contacts of the confirmed case with the assistance from the school or early learning service management as needed particularly to identify close contacts. We will provide support for this process.

This illustration regarding who needs to self-isolate may also be useful for your community: