The proprietor of a personal Salmon Arm daycare that has skilled a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at says the stigma and rumours circulating in the neighborhood presently appear worse than the virus itself.
Leigh-Anne Chapman, the proprietor of the Ladybug Touchdown Youngster Care Centre, stated the contact tracing course of Inside Well being (IH) went by means of to find out who was in danger after a member of the daycare group examined optimistic was very thorough. She stated she spoke with an IH worker on the cellphone for 3 and a half hours so the well being authority may decide who was in shut contact with the one who examined optimistic.
As Chapman was going by means of Inside Well being’s course of, she stated rumours with incorrect details about the optimistic COVID-19 take a look at on the daycare had been circulating in the neighborhood. She stated dad and mom of among the youngsters who attend the daycare had been questioned as to why they had been nonetheless letting their children attend college.
Inside Well being despatched a memo to households who use the daycare dated Jan. 17 which states somebody examined optimistic for the virus and is now self-isolating. The memo stated the well being authority was contact tracing to find out if anybody on the daycare was in shut contact with the contaminated individual, and if extra individuals would want to self isolate.
As with the current notices despatched to oldsters of scholars at Salmon Arm colleges with optimistic COVID-19 circumstances, the one despatched to the daycare households harassed it’s as much as the well being authority to find out who must self isolate. The discover acknowledged these not contacted by the well being authority will not be vulnerable to growing the virus and that youngsters ought to preserve going to high school whereas contact tracing is underway.
Chapman stated that following an in-person go to from an Inside Well being worker, she was instructed the well being authority had no recommendations for something she could possibly be doing in another way to make the daycare extra COVID-safe.
“I’m in awe of the method and I recognize how thorough they had been,” Chapman stated of the well being authority’s follow-up to the optimistic take a look at.
Chapman harassed there isn’t any one accountable for the optimistic take a look at and thinks that the negativity she has seen is the product of concern and ignorance. She stated the daycare is an important service which the kids and households in the neighborhood have a proper to proceed utilizing.
As negativity swirled outdoors, Chapman stated the households who ship their children to the daycare had been uniformly supportive, advert that she has by no means appreciated the daycare group greater than over the previous few days.