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By February 3, 2022June 22nd, 2022No Comments

For the latest information from The Center of Disease Control (CDC) click here

For the latest information from The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) click here

The Virginia Department of Health VDH has very good guidelines for assessing risk and determining when to test for COVID-19.  Please click here to see the VDH algorithm:

FAQs (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

Quarantine vs. Isolation

QUARANTINE means staying away from others because you MIGHT have a disease and don’t want to infect others.  During quarantine you should not be near anyone outside of your immediate family, so NO in-person school, NO sports team activities, NO in-person classes/tutoring, etc.  You should wear a mask at all times if you are in the same room as anyone outside your immediate family.  

ISOLATION means that you are contagious, so you need to be extra careful and need to stay away from others.  This means NO in-person school, NO team sports, NO in-person activities for the full duration of your isolation.  You should wear a mask at all times except when you are alone in your room.

My child was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, what do we do?

If your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, your child should stay away from other people for at least 5 days from the last known exposure.  (With the date of exposure counted as day 0)  Wear a mask at home if possible.

  • If symptoms develop, get tested immediately.
  • If no symptoms develop, test after 5 days.
    • If the test is negative, no longer needs to isolate.
    • If the test is positive, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test and wear a mask for additional 5 days.

What if someone in our household tests positive for Covid-19?

If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, then all household members should be considered EXPOSED and all household members should QUARANTINE for 5 days. While in quarantine, all individuals should wear a well-fitting mask and limit contact with infected individual.  Regardless of  vaccine status, exposed individuals should get tested 5 days after contact with infected individual.  If symptoms develop sooner, test immediately.

My child’s friend’s father tested positive for Covid-19, my child saw her friend when the kid’s father’s test was pending.  Has my child been exposed? Does my child have to quarantine?

This is an exposure to an exposure.  If your child’s friend was asymptomatic at the time the children were together and both children were wearing masks or appropriately distanced, then there is nothing you need to do other than take usual preventive measures: stay 6+ feet apart, wear masks and wash hands frequently.  Your child’s friend will need to quarantine because the friend has a direct exposure. If your child’s friend tests positive or develops symptoms consistent with Covid-19 within 48hrs of when your child was with that friend, then it becomes a direct exposure and your child will need to quarantine. 

My child has symptoms of Covid-19, what do we do?

If your child has a runny nose or cold symptoms, you should keep your child home from school and other activities and manage those symptoms at home as you typically would.  If the symptoms resolve in 3-5 days as would be expected for a typical cold, then your child may return to school once symptoms have resolved and he/she has been fever free without the use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for >24 hrs.   

My child just has a runny nose, should they come in to be seen?

If your child has a runny nose, keep him/her home from school and other activities, use nasal saline mist to help clear his/her nose and monitor for 3-5 days to see if symptoms resolve. If your child has a history of allergies (uses Claritin or Zyrtec), then treat as you would during allergy season to help manage symptoms.  If the runny nose goes away with nasal saline (+/- allergy regimen), then your child may return to school and activities as long as he/she has remained fever free and no other symptoms have developed.  If the runny nose does not improve in 3-5 days or if other symptoms develop, please call to make an appointment for your child to be seen.

Can my child return to school right away if he/she is tested for COVID-19 & the test is negative?

Your child may return to school with a mask if asymptomatic and if the negative test was taken  5 days after exposure (with the date of exposure counted as 0).  If the child has symptoms, the child must be fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducers and other symptoms improving.  A mask must be worn for an additional 5 days.   

How long does it take to receive Covid-19 test results and will I be notified?

For rapid antigen tests or Rapid PCR tests, you will be notified by end of the test day.  For PCR test that are sent out, typical turn around is 2 to 5 days.

Are parents able to be tested for Covid-19 in the office?

Unfortunately, we are not able to test parents or caregivers. 

 

** You can find more detail and answers to many more FAQ in the VDH guidelines; click here

Read our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs