Article: COVID-19 Updates from Monroe County

COVID-19 Updates from Monroe County

Today the Monroe County Department of Health made the following changes to isolation and quarantine requirements:

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID must isolate for 5 days. This period begins the day after you started having symptoms or, if you are asymptomatic, the day after you took your COVID test.

    • If you are asymptomatic at the end of the 5 days or your symptoms are resolving, your isolation will end. However, you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask in school and around others. In addition, in order for students to return to school, parents/guardians must submit in writing that their child is symptom free and able to return to school. 

    • Anyone still not feeling well after 5 days, must isolate for an additional 5 days. 

  • For anyone exposed to COVID:

    • Quarantine is not required for anyone who is fully vaccinated. However, you should wear a wellfitting mask when around others for 10 days starting with the date of your last exposure (as well as daily while in school). If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing.

    • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, must quarantine for 5 days, starting the day after your last exposure, and wear a wellfitting  mask around others for an additional 5 days. If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing.

All positive results from At Home Tests must be reported to the Monroe County Department of Health at this website. Once you complete the online form, you will receive information about isolation orders directly from the Department of Health.

And finally, our TTS clinic for asymptomatic and unvaccinated students will be available on Sunday, 1/9, and Monday, 1/10, in the MS north cafe, door 31 between 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. We anticipate that the TTS clinic’s final day will be Tuesday, January 11, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the middle school health office, door 20. Students who test negative will be allowed to attend school the next day. Those students who are asymptomatic and vaccinated may attend school and do not need to participate in the TTS clinic.

If your child is currently under a ten day isolation period, it will be reduced to five days. Your child is eligible to return to school on day six as long as they do not have symptoms. You will need to provide the following to the school nurse: the child’s isolation/quarantine document with dates and parental written notification that the child is symptom-free.

Please know that further updates will be provided as we continue to receive updated information, forms and flowcharts from the county. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

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