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People, not numbers:
· When we make our initial contact with positive cases, we will explain the definition of a close contact, and ask the positive person to get in touch with their close contacts so that those contacts know to quarantine and get tested six days after exposure.
· We will still be providing isolation letters and isolation release letters for positive cases when requested.
· CLOSE CONTACTS OF POSITIVES STILL NEED TO QUARANTINE AFTER EXPOSURE TO AVOID FURTHER VIRAL SPREAD. However, since we have placed a hold on monitoring close contacts, we can’t currently provide quarantine documentation for employers. Businesses should be mindful that asking quarantined employees to return to work too quickly could cause a cluster of cases in the workplace. We ask that employers rely on the honor system and encourage employees who have been exposed to quarantine for the recommended time frame of 14 days from the date of exposure to help us reduce the spread during this surge of cases.
· EXCEPTION: We will be providing confidential notification to school nurses of any positives related to the school system (a positive child, a child of a positive, a positive school employee). The school nurses will contact the parent of students or the staff member and get any school-related contacts and do isolation education. They will then call the school-related contacts and notify them of the need to quarantine and do quarantine education. School nurses will follow the contacts and release them from quarantine.
· We are temporarily suspending testing for close contacts of positives, except for those already scheduled. Testing is still available through primary care providers and urgent care centers throughout the county.
o We have streamlined and simplified our case investigation questions and processes, and have pulled additional Public Health staff onto the COVID-19 team to assist with case investigations while we manage the current case surge.
· Now more than ever we need your help. Do everything that you can to not be a close contact. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth anytime you’re around people who don’t live in your household. Keep six feet of distance. Stay home if you’re sick, and get tested if you become symptomatic for COVID-19.