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Quarantine Guidance (updated Jan. 25, 2022)

The Ohio Dept. of Health announced on Dec. 30, 2021 that it has updated guidelines for quarantines to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for a shortened quarantine period for those with a positive test result, and for those who have been exposed to COVID-19.

Under the new guidelines, asymptomatic individuals and symptomatic COVID-19 positive patients whose symptoms are “resolving” – defined as going without a fever for 24 hours – should isolate for 5 days, compared to the previously recommended 10. The CDC also notes that under these new guidelines the 5 days of isolation should be followed by 5 days of mask-wearing when around others or in public.

What to do if you have COVID-19 (regardless of symptoms or vaccination status):

  • Stay home for 5 days from when symptoms started or 5 days from positive test date if you were asymptomatic

  • Stay away from people as much as possible (including members of your own household)

  • If you can’t stay away from other people, wear a three-layer (or better) mask

  • Do you have a fever or other symptoms that haven’t started to get better after day six?

    • Yes: Stay home until your fever is gone and other symptoms are better. Wear a mask for the next 5 days.

    • No: Resume activities with a mask. Wear a mask for the next 5 days.

What to do if you were exposed AT HOME to someone with COVID-19 and your vaccines ARE up-to-date:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days from your last exposure.

  • Recommended to test on day 5.

  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, stay home.

What to do if you were exposed AT HOME to someone with COVID-10 and your vaccines ARE NOT up to date:

  • Stay home for 5 days after your last exposure.

  • Recommend to test on day 5.

  • Wear a mask around others for the next 5 days.

  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, stay home.

 

The following information is guidance that Milford Schools follow if you are exposed AT SCHOOL:

The “Mask to Stay – Test to Play” guidelines are designed to help keep students in grades K-12 in school and reduce long term quarantines out of school. These guidelines are optional, and parents may choose to follow standard quarantine rules.

These guidelines only apply to students who were exposed within the school setting. Those who were exposed outside of school, such as through a family member, should still follow standard quarantine practices. Download the updated Ohio Dept. of Health Mask to Stay Guidelines.

 

MASK TO STAY (Grades K-12)
Those unmasked or unvaccinated and asymptomatic - who were exposed to Covid from INSIDE the school setting - are no longer required to follow standard quarantine rules* and may remain in school if the following criteria are met:

  • Wear a mask to school for 10 days from the exposure.

  • Parent(s) monitor child’s symptoms at home.

  • Exposed person isolates if symptomatic.

  • Testing on day 5 after exposure is recommended. 

Note: Students who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine. It is recommended that they wear a mask for 10 days from the exposure.

Note: Students who are identified as being a close contact who have been masked will be asked to continue to wear their mask for 10 days.


TEST TO PLAY
Those who have been exposed to Covid and participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities who are asymptomatic can continue to participate in school activities if they:

  • Test as soon as they are notified following exposure; students may not participate until the first test result is received and is negative. This test must be a PCR or Rapid antigen test. The test cannot be an over-the-counter test that is entirely self-administered.

  • Wear a mask when reasonable such as riding on team bus, in locker room, while sitting or standing on sidelines, etc. for 10 days from exposure.

  • Test again on Day 5. If the test is negative, they will test out of quarantine and can return immediately without a mask. This test must be a PCR or Rapid antigen test. The test cannot be an over-the-counter test that is entirely self-administered.

Quarantines occur at the direction of the Clermont County Department of Health, in conjunction with rules established by the Ohio Department of Health.