Department of Health issues guidelines on COVID exposures in schools

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TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The Tompkins County Department of Health is alerting the community to its recently released guidelines for COVID-19 exposures and contact tracing in K-12 schools. The advice is available on the COVID-19 FAQ on the TCHD website page. These guidelines were made available to the administrators of every school building in Tompkins County prior to the start of the school year.

The guidelines help TCHD nurses determine who was in close contact in a school setting following a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, and outline the contact tracing and quarantine procedure. It includes information on classroom settings, indoor non-classroom settings including transportation, gym and cafeteria settings, as well as outdoor sports and recreation. For details, refer to guidance document published. Precautions are in place for all students and staff, including the universal mask, staying home in case of illness, hand hygiene, available COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

Each positive case of COVID-19 is unique, and this guide is developed as a framework that should be assessed as a result of information gathered during each case investigation and may be updated as the year progresses. school advance.

Tompkins County Director of Public Health Frank Kruppa said: “As K-12 schools have started their fall semesters and students are back in class, we largely share these counseling with the community so that schools and families know what to expect from contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. We have seen a few positive cases since back to school this week and are following these guidelines directly with school districts. Kruppa continued, “We are working to stop the spread, especially in the more vulnerable population of young people who cannot yet be vaccinated, while continuing to do all we can to keep students in class and in learning. ”

Kruppa added, “Thank you to our school districts for working hard to protect the health, safety and education of our youth. TCHD is pleased to have these close partnerships and will continue to work hand in hand with districts on how to keep schools healthy this fall.

TCHD reminds the Tompkins County community of the precautions that can be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Tompkins County continues to be subject to a mask advisory. Wear a mask inside and around others.
  • Vaccines are readily available. Get vaccinated when you can and share accurate information with others who have not yet been vaccinated. For more information on vaccines and their local availability, visit https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup

o People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and fully vaccinated with any of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are advised to receive a third dose of the vaccine. People who are immunocompromised should talk to their provider about a third dose, for more information visit: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19vaccinefaq#3rddose

o If you are a fully vaccinated close contact of a positive case, TCHD advice states that you must avoid contact with unvaccinated or immunocompromised people for the entire 14 day period, even if your test is negative.


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