LCSS COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: 7/28/2021 10:51 AM

LCSS COVID-19 Cases Weekly Report

What to do if you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19

Handling Probable or Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19

COVID FAQ

(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

If you’re student is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should keep him/her home and contact their medical provider for guidance or go to a testing site. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

Regarding positive cases of COVID-19:

  • Notify your student’s school (preferably the school nurse) so that close contact determinations can be made 

  • Monitor his/her symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Have him/her stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.

  • Have him/her use a separate bathroom, if possible.

  • Have him/her Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.

  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.

  • Have him/her Wear a mask when around other people if able.

  • Quarantine siblings and other household members per CDC guidance

Learn more about what to do if you are sick and how to notify your contacts.

  • A student who tests positive for COVID-19 and did not exhibit signs/symptoms can return to school after at least 10 days have passed since they were tested and they remain symptom free. Please contact your student’s school so that determinations for quarantine may be made.

  • A student who tests positive for COVID-19 and does experience symptoms may return after at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms began. They must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.  

Regarding quarantine:
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Anyone who has been in “close contact” with someone who has COVID-19 within 48 hours of their first symptom or positive test.

  • Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

To prevent further transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), CDC currently recommends that persons who have been in close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection should quarantine (stay away from other persons) for 14 days after the last known contact.  However, quarantine might be difficult to maintain for a prolonged period.

  • After 10 full days have passed since your most recent exposure occurred, if you fulfill BOTH of the following criteria:

  1. Are NOT tested for COVID-19

  2. Do not experience any symptoms during your monitoring period

OR

  • After 7 full days have passed since your most recent exposure occurred, if you fulfill all THREE of the following criteria:

  1. Are tested for COVID-19,

  • The test should be a diagnostic test (PCR or antigen) and the specimen for your test may not be collected more than 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation. If you plan to discontinue quarantine after 7 full days, it should not be collected before day 5 of your quarantine period.

  1. Receive a negative result,

  • You may not discontinue quarantine until you have completed a minimum of 7 full days since your most recent exposure, even if you receive your negative test result earlier. If your result is positive, you must follow DPH isolation guidance https://dph.georgia.gov/isolation-contact

  1. Do not experience any symptoms during your monitoring period.

**If you choose to discontinue your student’s At Home Quarantine before the recommended 14 days, your student will be asked to wear a mask for the remainder of the quarantine time and will be monitored for signs/symptoms of COVID-19. If your student exhibits any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at school during the remainder of the quarantine period, he/she will be sent home immediately per CDC and DPH guidance. 

An individual is considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least 14 days (2 weeks) since the completion of the COVID-19 vaccination series (two doses in a two-dose series OR one dose in a one-dose series). Individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine as long as you are NOT an inpatient or resident in a healthcare facility or a congregate setting.

Regardless of vaccination status you should still monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following a suspected or confirmed exposure. If you develop symptoms for COVID-19, you should follow isolation guidance.

From Georgia DPH concerning quarantining after already testing positive:

  • You do not need to isolate if you test positive within three months of a positive test you have already completed isolation for (unless you develop new symptoms).

  • If you have developed new symptoms following a prior isolation and have tested positive again, you hould complete isolation again.

  • Additionally, if you have a new positive test 3 months after your prior infection, you will need to isolate and identify all close contacts for quarantine.

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