BISD Health Services department has provided a video to help share information about the following:
- Close Contact
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home. Isolation lasts for 10 days, during which the person should stay home and separate themselves from others who live in the same household, including using a separate bathroom if possible.
People that should isolate are:
- those who have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms and are able to recover at home,
- those who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms (are asymptomatic).
Quarantine is for individuals who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The CDC previously only advised a 14-day stay-at-home (quarantine) period. For individuals experiencing no symptoms, the additional options are:
- 10 days after the last close contact (no test required); or
- 7 days after the last close contact and after receiving a negative test result, (test must be administered no earlier than 5 days since the last close contact). (Proof of a negative test must be provided to the school/work location.)
If individuals return to school/work from either of these two stay-at-home periods, they should regularly monitor themselves for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions for the duration of the 14 days.
Close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19 is defined as:
- being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
- being within six feet for a total of approximately 15 minutes throughout the course of a day; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.
Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming test.