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    COVID-19 FAQs:  

    If a parent, spouse or other household member that lives with a student or staff member tests positive, is this considered a confirmed case in the school?

    No. However, this will affect local in-village case counts and may shift a school from the Green-Low Risk or Yellow-Medium Risk statuses to the Red-High Risk status.

     

    What does close contact mean?

    Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 or more cumulative minutes in a 24 hour period, with or without a mask. 

     

    If one person in a classroom tests positive for COVID-19, is everyone in that same classroom considered a close contact?

    At this time, NWABSD considers all classmates close contacts and will require classmates to stay home for 7-10 days and monitor for symptoms. Students will be placed on a remote learning plan during this time. Quarantine can end after 10 days, on day 11, without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily symptom monitoring. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.  Quarantine can end after 7 days, on day 8, if the person takes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative result. The specimen may be collected within 48 hours prior to discontinuation of quarantine. The person needs to stay in quarantine until their test result comes back. Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 8, even if the test result comes back earlier. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.

     

    If a school is notified mid-day of a positive case within a building or too many positive cases in the community, will students have to leave school right away?

    Yes. Students will have to leave school right away for safety. Parents of students in elementary or middle school should pick up their students as soon as possible. 

     

    If a person who is identified as a close contact tests negative for COVID-19 during the 7-10-day quarantine period, can they return to school?

    If the person gets tested at day 5-7 of their quarantine and receives a negative result, they may return to school or work on Day 8.

     

    How will a person who tested positive for COVID-19 know when it is safe to return to school or work? 

    If someone tests positive for the virus, they must self-isolate for 10 days after onset of symptoms and at 24 hours with no fever, or for 10 days after the positive test if no symptoms occur. Maniilaq Public Health may suggest an additional test to confirm and will stay in contact with confirmed cases to determine when it is safe to return to school or work. 

     

    Many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. Should we still screen students and staff for symptoms?

    Yes. NWABSD students and staff are screened daily for symptoms and other risk factors, as these are good ways to catch the virus before it can spread. This is important for keeping everyone safe and healthy. 

     

    Are NWABSD requiring students and staff to wear masks?

    Yes. All students and staff must wear masks. 

     

    How should a mask be properly cared for? 

    Masks should be washed regularly. If a mask is wet it does not give proper protection and should be exchanged for a clean, dry mask. Schools have extra masks available for this situation.

     

    How long does a patient stay in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19?

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days after symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever, OR 10 days after the date of test for people who never develop symptoms. This means staying home for 10 days and avoiding contact with others including household members. 

     

    How long does a close contact of a positive patient stay in quarantine? 

    Individuals who are close contacts with a positive COVID-19 person must quarantine for 7-10 days after the last day they were in close contact with the person with COVID-19. This means staying home for 7-10 days and avoiding contact with others. Quarantine can end after 10 days, on day 11, without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily symptom monitoring. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.  Quarantine can end after 7 days, on day 8, if the person takes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative result. The specimen may be collected within 48 hours prior to discontinuation of quarantine. The person needs to stay in quarantine until their test result comes back. Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 8, even if the test result comes back earlier. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.

     

    Is a person who tested positive for COVID-19 infectious after their 10 days of isolation?

    Recovered people have been released after their 10 day isolation period. These individuals can continue to shed the COVID-19 virus and may test positive for up to 3 months after their illness. But they are no longer infectious, which means they cannot pass it on and infect others. 

     

     

    Questions about COVID-19 testing and contact scenarios: 

    Scenario 1: I had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 but I will not have more contact with them. What do I do? 

    You should quarantine for 7-10 days from the day you most recently had close contact with that person. Quarantine can end after 10 days, on day 11, without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily symptom monitoring. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.  Quarantine can end after 7 days, on day 8, if the person takes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative result. The specimen may be collected within 48 hours prior to discontinuation of quarantine. The person needs to stay in quarantine until their test result comes back. Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 8, even if the test result comes back earlier. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.

     

    Scenario 2: I had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

    You must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms first appeared and for 24 hours with no fever. Maniilaq Public Health may require that you get tested again to confirm that you have recovered from the virus and will stay in contact with you to determine when it is safe to return to work or school. 

     

    Scenario 3: I have no symptoms, but tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

    You must self-isolate for 10 days from when you were tested. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms first appeared. Maniilaq Public Health may require that you get tested again to confirm that you have recovered from the virus and will stay in contact with you to determine when it is safe to return to work or school. 

     

    Scenario 4: I live with someone who has COVID-19 and can't avoid close contact. I am caring for the person who is sick, or I don't have a separate bedroom to isolate the person who is sick, or I am unable to keep a physical distance of 6 feet. What do I do?

    You should follow your local village mandates and Maniilaq Public Health advice. Some villages require an entire household to quarantine if a household member tests positive. In general, you will likely have to quarantine for an additional 7-10 days after the person who has COVID-19 ends home isolation. This may mean 20 days or more of quarantine and isolation. 

     

    Scenario 5: I had close contact with someone I live with who has COVID-19 but I can avoid close contact again. What do I do?

    You must quarantine for 7-10 days since you last had contact with this person. Quarantine can end after 10 days, on day 11, without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily symptom monitoring. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.  Quarantine can end after 7 days, on day 8, if the person takes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative result. The specimen may be collected within 48 hours prior to discontinuation of quarantine. The person needs to stay in quarantine until their test result comes back. Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day 8, even if the test result comes back earlier. People should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if symptoms arise, self-isolate and get tested promptly.

     

    Scenario 6: I am a close contact of a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

    You should monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms but you do not have to quarantine. If the close contact tests positive for COVID-19 then you should quarantine for 7-10 days since your most recent contact with them.  

     

    Scenario 7: I had symptoms for a few days, but I feel better now. When can I return to work?

    You must test and receive a negative result or clearance from a medical care provider before you can return to work. You should avoid contact with others while waiting for results. If you do not get a test or receive clearance from a medical care provider you must stay home for 10 days and be symptom-free before returning to work. 

     

    Scenario 8: I am under quarantine for being a close contact already and then had close contact with someone else who has COVID-19. Do I need to restart my quarantine?

    Yes. You will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone else who has COVID-19. For example, if another household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.