Returning to School after an Illness
If you have, or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of the virus. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing) seek medical attention quickly.
When you can be around others and end isolation at home, depends on different factors for different situations.
Nurse Vasquez in collaboration with the administration will be following Diocesan guidelines for students, faculty and staff to return to school following an illness:
Confirmed Positive Case - Symptomatic
- At least 3 days (72 hrs) have passed since recovery including resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications
- Significant improvement in respiratory symptoms
- and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medication
- Significant improvement in respiratory symptoms and
- Negative results from at least 2 consecutive PCR (nasal swab) tests collected more than 24 hours apart.
Confirmed Positive Case - Asymptomatic
- At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 test and if they have not subsequently developed symptoms since the first positive test.
- If symptoms did develop, the above symptom-based or test-based strategy must be used.
- Negative results from at least 2 consecutive PCR tests collected more than 24 hours apart.
- Because of the absence of symptoms, it is not possible to gauge where they are in the course of the illness
If the individual has a diagnosis from their doctor regarding an illness that is not COVID-19, they may return to work/school
- if at least 3 days have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications.
If there is not a diagnosis or the diagnosis is ambiguous, in addition to the lack of fever the following conditions must be met:
- Improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath)
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
St. Joseph will maintain the privacy of those impacted students or staff members. We will keep the names of anyone that has a positive test for COVID-19 confidential. It will only be shared with the local health department by our campus nurse as required by law.