AHS confirms outbreak of respiratory illness at École des Beaux-Lacs in Bonnyville

AHS confirms outbreak of respiratory illness at École des Beaux-Lacs in Bonnyville

A division of Alberta Health Services has declared an outbreak of respiratory illness at the École des Beaux-Lacs school in Bonnyville.

BONNYVILLE – A division of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Communicable Disease Control Outbreak Team, has declared an outbreak of respiratory illness at École des Beaux-Lacs School in Bonnyville.

The advisory was sent to those with students attending the Bonnyville school, as a large number of Beaux-Lacs students reported being sick with respiratory symptoms.

Virginie Dallaire, head of communications at the Conseil scolaire Centre-Est, said lakeland this week that all schools within your division continue to follow all AHS public health guidelines.

Additionally, hand sanitizer is available at the entrances of all schools in the division.

Dallaire said the division would not comment further on the current status of the École Beaux-lacs respiratory illness outbreak.

The AHS advisory did not attribute the disease outbreak to COVID-19 or a variant of the disease, but did provide a link to additional information on isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Respiratory illness symptoms provided by AHS include cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss or altered sense of taste/smell, runny/stuffy nose, fever and may also include fatigue, either significant or unusual, muscle pain /joint, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

“Germs that cause respiratory illness can be easily spread from one student to another through coughs and secretions from the nose and mouth,” the public health advisory states.

To help minimize the spread of any respiratory illness, it is recommended that students experiencing symptoms stay home.

Other recommendations include:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently by washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, elbow, or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

  • Throw away used tissues immediately after sneezing, coughing, or wiping your nose, followed by hand hygiene as described above.

The recommendations stop short of suggesting that sick students should wear a mask or face covering.

AHS notes that children and staff are encouraged to complete their routine immunizations, such as COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as immunizations are an important public health measure.

Facilities for cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and bathroom faucets are also recommended.

“Testing is not routinely recommended, however tests may be recommended by your health care provider for clinical management,” the public health advisory continues.

“Students who are ill with respiratory symptoms should remain out of school until their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and they feel well enough to resume activities. normal”.

Additional information on COVID-19 isolation recommendations can be found at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17239.aspx

Individuals are also encouraged to contact Health Link Alberta toll-free at 811.

Northern Lights Schools Affected by Staff Absence

As of November 4, Northern Lights Public Schools (NLPS) had no schools under a respiratory outbreak notice.

“Our rates of student absences due to illness have not reached the level where we need to notify AHS,” said Nicole Garner, NLPS communications officer. lakeland this week.

Schools must report to AHS if student absence due to self-reported illness reaches 10 percent of the student population.

However, the school division continues to experience challenges related to staff absences, Garner said.

“Those absences are higher than we would have experienced before the pandemic and we are experiencing difficulty finding substitutes/classroom supervisors to fill in for teachers and support staff when they are absent,” he said.

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