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MPS Covid Information

Daily COVID Count 1/26/22

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Covid Protocol for January 2022

Close Contact Notification - High School

Close Contact Notification - Westfall

Covid Close Contact Notice for Bus Transportation

Covid Positive Isolation- Staff Notification

Covid Positive Isolation Notification

Covid Close Contact Notice for Transportation

 

 

 

LLCHD Guidance

 

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is providing interim guidance for student and staff exclusion, isolation and quarantine for COVID-19 based on new CDC guidance.  CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC  CDC is expected to update their K-12 School Guidance and LLCHD guidance may change at that time. 

 

School Exclusion

  • “Normal” exclusion policy criteria (fever, persistent cough, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) should be used to determine if a student or staff should be excluded from school.  In addition, if a student or staff presents with recent loss of taste or smell, they should be excluded and tested for COVID-19 (PCR test).  If the student or staff chooses to not be tested using a PCR test, they should be managed as a positive case.
  • Excluded students or staff may be asked to test for COVID by the school or referred to a health care provider before returning to school. 
  • The student or staff person may be allowed to return to school when symptoms subside in accord with your normal exclusion policy. 

 

Managing Persons That Test Positive for COVID-19 - Isolation

  • If a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, they need to stay home for 5 days.  The start of the days differs depending on if the person was symptomatic or asymptomatic.
    • For a person who is asymptomatic, but tests positive, Day 0 is the date the sample was collected.
    • For a person with COVID symptoms, Day 0 is the day the first obvious symptom, such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain or diarrhea occurred. 
  • If they do not have symptoms or if symptoms are resolving (meet school’s criteria for readmission), they can return to school on day 6.  However, they must wear a mask through day 10 starting on the day the test sample was collected. 
  • Special care must be taken during lunch periods to reduce exposure to other students or staff.
  • Students should not participate in choir or play band instruments that involve air flow.
  • Students should not participate in physical education or athletics unless they can do so wearing a well-fitting mask which stays over the mouth and nose during such activity.
  • If a student or staff cannot wear a mask, they must be excluded and must isolate for 10 days.

 

Managing Close Contact Exposures – Quarantine

  • Students and staff do not have to be excluded if they have had a close contact exposure but must wear a mask for 10 days while at school or participating in school activities and should, if possible, be tested (PCR test) on day 5 after the exposure.
  • Students and staff who have on-going high-risk exposure to a positive individual who is unable to isolate (i.e. household) should remain at home until the positive individual completes 5 days of isolation.  Extra vigilance on screening for symptoms when they return is advisable.
  • If symptoms develop, they must be excluded and be tested using a PCR test. 
  • If a student or staff cannot wear a mask, they must be excluded for 10 days.

 

Classroom Transmission

If transmission is strongly suspected in a classroom (3 or more confirmed cases) within an incubation period (10 days), the following actions are recommended:

  • Exclude all persons that test positive and follow isolation guidance above.
  • Require masking for all students and staff that potentially had close contact for at least 10 days.
  • Monitor for additional cases and contact LLCHD at 402-441-8053 if more cases are identified.

 

 

 

Definitions:

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period and not wearing an appropriate face covering (for example, three separate 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

 

Fully vaccinated: In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: two (2) weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

 

Contact Tracing, Notifications, Classroom Transmission, and School-Wide Illness Incident:

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is providing interim guidance for contract tracing and outbreak response for schools in which masking is optional.  This guidance should be used in conjunction with the LLCHD interim guidance on Exclusion, Isolation and Quarantine provided on January 5, 2022. 

 

Contact Tracing and Notification

LLCHD recognizes that in-depth contact tracing by school personnel for each individual case during a surge is not feasible.  As the omicron variant surge begins, LLCHD believes that alternate strategies to reduce overall impact of COVID-19 on schools that have chosen to make masking optional needs to be implemented.  LLCHD recommends the following:

 

  • When a positive case is identified in a classroom, all parents and affected staff should be notified as quickly as possible.  LLCHD should also be notified.

 

  • Additional attention should be given to identifying students and staff that should be excluded due to symptoms of COVID or typical school exclusion criteria.

 

  • If 3 or more cases are identified in the same classroom within 10 days, LLCHD will classify that as an outbreak and conclude that classroom transmission has occurred and should be managed as detailed below (this is the exact same guidance LLCHD provided on December 30, 2021). 

Classroom Transmission

If transmission is strongly suspected in a classroom (3 or more confirmed cases) within an incubation period (10 days), the following actions are recommended:

  • Exclude all persons that test positive and follow isolation guidance above.
  • Require masking for all students and staff that potentially had close contact for at least 10 days.
  • Monitor for additional cases and contact LLCHD at 402-441-8053 if more cases are identified.

 

  • If it is believed that classroom transmission has not occurred, the school will be responsible to provide LLCHD with detailed contact tracing information that can be verified.  However, during that time period, enhanced measures listed above should be implemented until LLCHD approves otherwise.

 

School-wide Illness Incidence

Schools experience increases in respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in winter and commonly consult with LLCHD when higher than normal illness occurs.  Administrators often closed the school if the number of children or staff absent impacted the ability to provide adequate staffing and quality education. 

 

COVID-19 presents a new challenge.  LLCHD recommends that schools consider implementing enhanced strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses when the percent of children and staff with absent is between 10 and 15 percent.  This range is provided recognizing that it will depend upon the unique circumstances presented by each outbreak and school.  We encourage you to consult with LLCHD Communicable Disease Program at 402-441-8053 as you make such decisions.  Please know that the Health Director retains authority to take actions necessary to contain communicable disease outbreaks.

 

 

 

 

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