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COVID 19

What do I do if my child is Covid positive?

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

 

Your child had a positive covid test.  This is a reminder of the isolation/quarantine guidelines for you, your child, and household family members.
 

  • If your child is experiencing symptoms, they need to isolate at home for 10 days after symptom onset AND until fever has resolved for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications).  
  • Anyone that lives in your house needs to quarantine as well.  If you and your household members are still in contact with the positive child, your 14-day quarantine period starts AFTER their 10-day isolation period ends.  Below are some helpful scenarios from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html).  Please review them closely to decide which one pertains to you, your child, and your family.
  • Please also remember that you, your child, and your family CANNOT test out of quarantine.  Even with a negative test, you still must follow the above guidelines.
  • If your child is enrolled in daycare or in-person learning, please be sure you have made the daycare/school aware of your child’s covid test results.
  • Please call our office immediately if your child begins to have any difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or worsening of their symptoms.
  • If your child never develops symptoms, they need to isolate at home for 10 days after the date of their positive test.

 

Scenario A: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact

Ex: I live with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member), and that person has isolated by staying in a separate bedroom. I have had no close contact with the person since they isolated.
 

Your last day of quarantine is 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 began home isolation

 

Date person with COVID-19 began home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine

 

 

(Please note if your quarantine starts at noon on day 1, then it would end at noon on the last day.)

 

Scenario B. Under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19

Ex: I live with someone who has COVID-19 and started my 14-day quarantine period because we had close contact. What if I ended up having close contact with the person who is sick during my quarantine? What if another household member gets sick with COVID-19? Do I need to restart my quarantine?
 

Yes. You will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone in your house who has COVID-19. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.

 

Date of additional close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days = end of quarantine 

 

 

Scenario C: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact

I live in a household where I cannot avoid close contact with the person who has COVID-19. I am providing direct care to the person who is sick, don’t have a separate bedroom to isolate the person who is sick, or live in close quarters where I am unable to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

You should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick, and quarantine for 14 days after the person who has COVID-19 meets the criteria to end home isolation.

 

Date the person with COVID-19 ends home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine

 

 

(Please note if your quarantine starts at noon on day 1, then it would end at noon on the last day.)

 

Source: CDC 

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