COVID cases on the rise, new screening for symptoms

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations is reporting an increase in COVID cases with 18 confirmed and 72 people in self-isolation. One person is in hospital.

Provincially, Ontario is reporting 694 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths from the virus today.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 527 of the infected people are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Ohsweken Public Health has not disclosed the vaccination status of the positive cases on Six Nations territory.

Meanwhile, Ontario has dropped runny noses and headaches from the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require children to stay home from school or daycare and get tested for the virus.

The province’s updated online screening tool now lists five categories of symptoms “most commonly associated with COVID-19” — fever and chills, cough or barking cough, shortness of breath, losing taste or smell, and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Children reporting any of those symptoms are to stay home, isolate and seek COVID-19 testing.

The screening tool also poses questions about possible COVID-19 exposures and vaccination. It further advises children who feel “sick or not well” to “please stay home,” and talk to a doctor if necessary.

A spokeswoman for the health minister confirmed that a runny nose, sore throat or difficulty swallowing, congested nose, headache, and extreme tiredness or muscle aches were removed from the screening.

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