Health and Wellness with guidance from the local Health Department conduct close contact tracing when students test positive for COVID-19. The purpose of contact tracing is to identify cases, limit the spread of the virus and provide appropriate care for individuals who have been exposed to the virus. When we discover that a member of our community has tested positive for the virus, we will utilize the CDC definition of close contact, which is currently any individuals within 6 feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes.
Updated Contact Tracing Purposes: This is interim guidance from the New York State Department of Health that Allegany County has adopted. CDC guidance is flux and will be reviewed by the NYSDOH as released.
- If a student tests positive - students will be required to isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive test. If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and individuals should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
- Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised or unable to wear a well-fitting mask for the additional 5 days should continue to follow the original guidance of 10 days.
- If a student is exposed to COVID-19 - students will be required to quarantine for 5 days, where day 0 is the last date of exposure.
- If fully vaccinated no quarantine will be required unless the student is symptomatic. These students should still continue to wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.
- If possible, testing on day five from the last date of exposure is recommended.
- If symptoms appear, students should quarantine in place and seek testing. If the test is negative, quarantine would end and if the test is positive, isolation protocols would take place.