Quarantine Guidance

 

Update


For those sick with COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive, the health department recommends you stay home for at least 5 days from when your symptoms began or you tested positive.
  • If you tested positive AND have no symptoms, you may return to work/school on the 6th day as long as you wear a well-fitted mask while around others.
  • If you tested positive AND your symptoms are getting better AND you have had no fever for 24 hours, you may return to work/school on the 6th day as long as you wear a well-fitted mask while around others.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 but are not able to get a test, please stay home for 5 days and get a test as soon as possible. If your symptoms improve and you are feeling better, you may return to work/school as long as you wear a well-fitted mask while around others.
  • If you had symptoms similar to COVID-19, but you saw a doctor and were diagnosed with a non-COVID-19 illness, please follow your doctor's guidance for when to return to work/school.

For those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are considered a close contact, you may or may not have to quarantine. All close contacts are recommended to get tested 5 days after your last known exposure or immediately, if you develop symptoms.

You do not have to quarantine:

  • If you have received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and it has been less than 6 months since your second shot.
  • If you have received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine and it has been less than 2 months since your shot.
  • If you have received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna plus a booster shot.

All others should quarantine for 5 days and get tested on the 5th day. If you have no symptoms of COVID-19 on day 6, you may return to school/work and wear a well-fitted mask while around others.

For individuals with a household member who has tested positive, the CDC updated their guidance for household members shortening their quarantine to five days as well (which is essentially 10 days from when their family member tested positive). There may be instances where the health department will recommend a longer quarantine based on the age of the case or contact, severity of symptoms in the family member, or high risk exposures. You can learn more on the Virginia Department of Health's website


When does PPS close schools? 
Senate Bill 1303 removed the authority of local school boards to make the determination to close schools due to the pandemic. With this new legislation, only local health departments and the governor have that authority. That said, school divisions can close school campuses if there are extraordinary staffing shortages that impact daily operations. For PPS, this will be defined as when more than 25 percent of a school's instructional staff is in quarantine (or otherwise unable to report to school). As such, that school will temporarily return to virtual learning and the school will go through additional rounds of deep disinfection. 

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