PICKAWAY – Pickaway County Public Health has released new guidelines in which public schools will function when it comes to Positive Covid-19 cases and Quarantine.
On Wednesday, August 25, the Pickaway County Public Health notified schools about a change to the guidelines they must follow related to quarantines due to a positive COVID-19 case in the classroom.
Under these new guidelines, in order to avoid being quarantined, BOTH students must be wearing a mask and have been at least 3 ft apart. This means, if a student is positive and not wearing a mask, anyone within 6 ft will be quarantined.
Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if exposed to someone who is positive. They will be required to wear a mask for either 14 days after exposure or if they receive a negative viral (PCR or antigen) test performed at least 3-5 days after exposure.
A flow chart below will help people understand better.
Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine has been authorized for adolescents and teens, ages 12-17. Children under the age of 12 do not have a vaccine available at this time, but according to US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy FDA is working to evaluate data from vaccine companies to offer a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of 2021.
Ohios COVID-19 Website now has school reporting available for all public schools data here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/schools-and-children/schools