Anyone that was within 6 feet of a positive case for at least 15 minutes. Everyone is considered contagious starting 2 days prior to the onset of their symptoms. Therefore it is important to think back to those that may have been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes. We are encouraging everyone to keep this distance as much as possible.
Anyone that took care of the sick individual before knowing they were positive (aka handled tissues or shared bathroom space).
May return after at least 10 days have passed since positive laboratory test and person remains asymptomatic.
Asymptomatic Persons who have known exposure to a person with COVID-19 must be quarantined. The recommended quarantine period is 14 days. Quarantine may be discontinued:
After 7 full days have passed (return on day 8) since the most recent exposure occurred, if all THREE criteria have been met:
Are tested for COVID-19 on or after day 5 of quarantine (non rapid test).
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 test result is positive, you must follow DPH isolation guidelines: https://dph.georgia.gov/isolation-contact
Do not experience any symptoms during your monitoring period.
After 10 full days have passed since your most recent exposure occurred, experience any symptoms during your monitoring period. If you develop even mild symptoms once back at work/school, stay home immediately and proceed with testing.
If you aren’t feeling well, it is very important that you stay home.
If you develop a fever, 100.4* or greater, new cough or shortness of breath, without any known knowledge of being exposed to COVID-19, you will be asked to stay out of school for a full 72 hours. We do hope these individuals will proceed with testing and/or MD evaluation in order to identify any possible cases of COVID-19.
*Please note that the 100.4 cutoff recommended by the CDC is intended for general screening purposes of otherwise healthy individuals walking into a school or institution. The school nurses can make recommendations for return to school for all individuals that present to the clinic or are sent home from school because of one or more symptoms, regardless of temperature.
We are taking mild symptoms seriously. If you experience mild symptoms, please stay home and contact the School.
Symptomatic Persons with laboratory CONFIRMED COVID-19:
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared AND
At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
At least 24 hours have passed since symptoms (ex. cough, shortness of breath) have improved
Quarantine for family members that CANNOT isolate:
If a family member tests positive for COVID-19 and is unable to quarantine away from other household members, additional precautions need to be taken. The individual that is positive for COVID-19 will need to follow the 10 day quarantine for their own illness. After the completion of their 10 day quarantine, the quarantine time will start for all other family members.
If total isolation is possible (no sharing of common areas or bathrooms), then the contact tracer may consider starting the rest of the families quarantine time prior to the end of the positive persons ten days.
Emergency medical care should be sought immediately if someone is showing any of the following symptoms: Trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake and bluish lips or face.