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Sudbury’s health unit reminds the public that testing guidelines have changed

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As the Omicron version of COVID-19 spreads rapidly across the province, Public Health Sudbury and the district are reminding the public that the rules have changed once again.

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The Ontario government has updated provincial guidelines on what to do if a person is exposed to COVID-19, if they test positive for the virus, or if they present with symptoms.

“This is in addition to the introduction of new provincial public health measures. Public Health Sudbury & Districts has updated its website, resources and local legally enforceable instructions and class orders to align with these changes.

“If you are exposed, develop symptoms, or test positive, it is important to know what to do next.”

The provincial government’s new guidance on case management and contact tracing, self-isolation, testing eligibility and instructions on informing close contacts of possible COVID-19 exposures for cases came into effect on December 30.

Residents of the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts are encouraged to follow the province’s “simplified step-by-step” guide at www.ontario.ca/exposed.

The health unit said in a release, “Specific requirements apply based on a person’s age, their vaccination status, whether they live in the same household, have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID.” Yes, and are they immune.”

The health unit said the province’s new public health measures, effective January 3, align with local public health directives that were first issued in November.

Ontario’s phase two regulations (Ontario Regulation 263/20) amend local directives to remove requirements issued under the Reopening Ontario Act.

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“The remainder of the letter of instruction bears evidence of vaccination requirements (beyond those required by the Phase Two regulations) from earlier directives, which include the following spaces with indoor premises that remain open: personal care services, for sports and recreational fitness activities facilities, photography studios and services, and businesses that provide boat trips.”

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged to speak with a health care provider “to help you make decisions to protect your community.”

Public Health’s call center staff are available to answer questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-522-9200.

“We return all calls, but at times the call volume is high, and your patience is appreciated,” the health unit said.

To learn more about local walk-in or appointment-based vaccination clinics, visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19/vaccine-clinics.

Appointments can be booked online or by calling (705) 674-2299 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

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Twitter: @sudburystar

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