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December Update

FAQS for COVID-19 Positive Cases
*Information as of December 4th, 2020

How is someone determined to be positive or presumed positive?

  • A positive Covid test (Confirmed Positive)
  • Individuals who have been a close contact of a COVID positive individual during the contagious period, and they themselves have Covid Compatible Symptoms(Page 10). (Presumed Positive)
  • Due to the classification of our counties being moved to the high risk category, anyone that have Covid Compatible Symptoms(Page 10) (Presumed Positive)

 What if someone is deemed to have Covid Compatible Symptoms from the daily health questionnaire?

  • Currently, due to the ‘high risk’ classification of the county, a person is considered presumed positive and contact tracing must begin. 
  • In order to return to school, one of the following must be followed:
  • Remain in quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and must be symptom free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine before returning.

OR

                        ○    Remain in quarantine until a negative test result is received.

What happens if someone tests positive?

  • Remain in quarantine for 10 days and must no longer have Covid Compatible Symptoms for at least the last 24 hours before being able to break quarantine.
  • A negative test during this time period neither eliminates quarantine nor is one needed to return after a quarantine of 10 days.

What happens if someone is determined to be presumed positive because of Covid Compatible Symptoms and/or the classification of the county being in the high risk category?

  • Remain in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and must be symptom free for at least the last 24 hours before being able to break quarantine.
  • A negative test during this time period may​ eliminate the need to quarantine. 

 

Who is considered a contact of a positive case or a presumed positive case?

  • A person who has sustained close contact (more than 15 minutes of less than 6 feet of distance within 24 hours) or has been determined to be a potential close contact as per the local health officials.

How is contact tracing performed for those that are deemed positive or presumed positive?

  • A school health official works through multiple conversations with the positive or presumed positive member of the WHRHS learning community to identify any possible individuals who fit the close contact metric---more than 15 minutes of less than 6 feet of distance within 24 hours.
  •  A school health official then communicates with all contacts to discuss quarantine procedures and reviews appropriate timelines.
  • The name of the positive or presumed positive member of the learning community is not disclosed.

What is the timeline to determine close contacts of a positive case?

  • If the positive case or presumed positive case is symptomatic:
    •  48 hours prior to the onset of the symptoms
  • If the positive case is asymptomatic:
    • 48 hours prior to the date of the COVID test

What should close contacts of a positive case do? 

  • Remain in quarantine for 14 days and be symptom free at least the last 24 hours before being able to break quarantine
  • If someone is a close contact of a positive case and is unable to be isolated from the positive case, the close contact must be quarantined for at least 24 days.

What should close contacts of a presumed positive case do?

  • Remain in quarantine for 14 days and be symptom free at least the last 24 hours before being able to break quarantine.
  • If the presumed positive case receives a negative test result, then close contacts no longer need to quarantine.
  • If someone is a close contact of a presumed positive case and is unable to be isolated from the presumed positive case, the close contact must be quarantined for at least 24 days. 


For up to the minute information, please use the NJ Health website