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Gastrointestinal illness in Ottawa Child Care Centres

When a case or outbreak of an infectious disease occurs, Ottawa Public Health works closely with staff at your child care centre to implement outbreak control measures and to provide education and support as needed.  

Ottawa is experiencing another COVID-19 resurgence and is seeing an increasing number of enteric or gastrointestinal illnesses amongst individuals of all ages in various settings. Although gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) can also be an indication of COVID-19 infections, without proper testing, it is difficult to determine if an outbreak in a facility is caused by COVID-19 or another virus.  

During an outbreak, it is important to know what is causing the illness to ensure appropriate outbreak control measures are in place to reduce the spread of illness within the child care centre.  

If your child has nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and attends a child care centre that is experiencing an increase in gastrointestinal illnesses, the following steps are recommended: 

  • Do a stool sample test (speak with your child care operator about completing a stool sample kit) 
  • Do a COVID-19 rapid antigen test 
  • Use the COVID-19 screening tool and stay home if sick 
  • Wash hands more frequently 

Learn more about stool sample collection and testing.  

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