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We actually have a team dedicated to keeping our community safe from infections that can spread through the community, including COVID After collecting a sample to test for COVID, the healthcare provider sends the sample to the lab for analysis. The health care provider tells the person being tested to self-isolate while they wait for the test result.
This is important to prevent the spread of the virus, which usually spre through close person-to-person contact with someone who has it. CK Public Health is notified when each sample is sent to the lab for testing. We monitor this and other information we receive i.
We also share information with the public about the confirmed cases and tests that have been done Monday-Friday on our website. With a huge demand for COVID testing across the province, test take several days to process. We contact everyone who gets tested with their test result, whether positive or negative, as soon as possible. After we learn that someone has tested positive for COVID, we contact them as soon as possible to:.
Then, we start to work on contact tracing, the process of gathering information about everyone the person with the virus had contact with during the time the virus could be passed on to others. For example, we do contact tracing for sexually transmitted infections and for disease outbreaks in long-term care homes.
In fact, we have a team dedicated to keeping our community safe from infectious and communicable diseases, including COVID Even though we continue to learn new things about the COVID virus, the process we use to contain the spread of the virus is the same.
We identify the people contacts who have been in close contact with the person who tested positive.
We do an in-depth interview to make sure that all possible contacts are considered. We ask about who the person who has the virus may have been around for a specific time-period before they were showing symptoms. For many people, these contacts include family members, co-workers, friends, and health care providers. We then inform all people contacts who were identified in the interview as soon as possible.
We do an assessment for symptoms of COVID with the people who could have been exposed, and provide health teaching to prevent the spread of the infection. The instructions will vary depending on each situation. Our advice is based on the most current information from the Ontario Ministry of Health and guidance from Dr. Colby, our Medical Officer of Health. We continue to connect with people who have tested positive and others who may have been exposed to the virus to monitor for s and symptoms of infection, answer questions, and address any new concerns.
Because of this, we tell most people who become infected and whose symptoms are mild to manage them at home. For example, people who can breathe reasonably well outside of coughing spells, are able to drink liquids, are urinating a normal of times a day, and who are able to move about their home reasonably well do not need to go to an emergency room.
We also tell anyone who tests positive:.
CK Public Health is working hard to keep everyone in the community safe during this time. You help stop the spread when you:. Learn more about how you can help stop the spread! For More Information. Our work starts when someone is tested. After we learn that someone has tested positive for COVID, we contact them as soon as possible to: share the testhelp them get care they may need, provide information about what they should do, and answer any questions they have.
Contact tracing involves these key steps: We identify people who may have been exposed. We reach out to people who may have been exposed. We follow-up and monitor. Everyone is in a different situation. If you have questions about your unique situation, please call the COVID intake line at xI need someone to take care of my ck
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What happens when someone tests positive for COVID? Behind the scenes at CK Public Health.