Outbreak Management

An outbreak is an increase in the number of children or staff absent due to illness above what is normally expected at the child care centre. Call Southwestern Public Health for consultation as soon as you suspect an outbreak at 1-800-922-0096.

Why is it important to investigate outbreaks?

Investigation of outbreaks is necessary to understand and ultimately control and prevent the spread of diseases. It is important when the disease in question is particularly severe or high rates of transmission.

What is your responsibility as a child care provider during an outbreak?

If an outbreak is identified in your child care facility, Southwestern Public Health will guide you through your next steps to manage the outbreak. We will be in daily communication with you and be available to direct and support you and your staff during the outbreak.

If you have any questions about an outbreak or think that there may be an outbreak in your facility, please contact Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096.

Cold weather advisories

A cold weather alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15 degrees Celsius or -20 with a wind chill, or when there are extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm. 

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