Quebec is backing down and advocating the isolation of children with contact cases in childcare
Faced with the discontent and questions of the various childcare workers, Quebec finally abandons the measure that allowed educators and children not to isolate themselves if they were in contact. From now on, a child with contact will have to isolate herself for 10 days, and an educator will have to isolate herself between 5 and 10 days depending on her symptoms.
This measure was announced on December 30 and the isolation of contact cases in childcare was no longer required on the condition that they had no symptoms, but Quebec turned back after dissatisfaction on the part of the representatives. of the sector.
In the newsletter sent to childcare providers today, it is stated. “For children, considering that they are not adequately vaccinated and that wearing a mask is not possible, the 10-day isolation should be maintained for the time being. These directives cancel and replace those published in the bulletin of last December 30th. ”
Regarding contact cases for adults in these settings, that is to say contact at high risk known as domiciliary, isolation of 5 days is required. “The initial isolation of workers is 5 days after the onset of symptoms. If the worker remains asymptomatic or if the symptoms improve (and after at least 24 hours without fever): the worker can return to his regular activities, with a mask and a distance of 2 meters (as far as possible, for example during meals ) for the next 5 days. ”
Montreal's public health had also suspended this government directive on its own. She continued to apply the isolation measures. “We are in discussions with Quebec, but we continue to do what we were doing [isolation]. […] If there are changes to be made, we will make them, ”Jean-Nicolas explained to Métro, the media relations officer at the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. Aubé.
In the morning, Quebec reduced the duration of isolation for people with COVID-19 and doubly vaccinated from 10 to 5 days. This measure only applies to people who are asymptomatic or whose symptoms are improving.
The Federation of Early Childhood Workers of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ) had already positioned itself in favor of the suspension of the new directive, everywhere in Quebec. & nbsp; “That's all Quebec, which must take a step back and take stock of the risks of transmission of the new variant in toddlers. ”