What will happen if someone in the classroom tests positive for COVID or displays symptoms of an illness? (Updated: 08/06/2020)
August 6, 2020
NWFSC is following local health guidelines provided by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Okaloosa County, which are informed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Any employee or student showing signs of illness should leave the campus immediately and return home to self-monitor.
Per the DOH, if an individual tests positive for COVID and DOES NOT show symptoms, the individual must self-isolate for 10 days after the date of their first positive test. If the student or employee tests positive for COVID and DOES show symptoms, the individual must self-isolate for 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of symptoms.
If an employee learns about a positive diagnosis for a student in their class and the student is present, the employee should immediately contact Chief Aaron Murray at 850-729-6888. Chief Murray will assess the situation and determine what next steps are appropriate.
As soon as possible, the employee should fill out the COVID incident report, available on RaiderNet under the Forms tab.
If an employee learns about a positive diagnosis for a student in their class and the student is NOT present, the college employee should fill out the COVID incident report, available on RaiderNet under the Forms tab, which will initiate the appropriate protocols for sanitization and notifications. Any contaminated, or potentially contaminated, area will be closed until such time it can be sanitized according to CDC protocols.
As of August 4, 2020, the CDC does not recommend quarantine in the event of close contact with an infected person and individuals should not be excluded from work awaiting a test result for COVID-19. All employees and students should monitor themselves by checking their temperature and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.
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