Current COVID-19 Status

Urbandale CSD Current COVID-19 Status



1 to 5 Students currently testing positive (in isolation)
1 to 5 Staff members currently testing positive (in isolation)
47 Students currently in quarantine
6 Staff currently in quarantine



Data is current as of 10.22.20.

 


Quarantine/Isolation

There is often confusion between the terms Quarantine and Isolation. Please review the following information to better understand the differences between them.

Quarantine
Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine procedures include:

    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
      • If the contact is a household member, you will be in quarantine during the time the positive person is in isolation (see isolation information below) and then continue in quarantine for 14 days after the family member has completed isolation requirements
    • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19; record daily in a log
    • Continue these strategies: physical distancing, face coverings within household, increase ventilation (open windows), frequent hand washing, increased cleaning/disinfection
    • Stay away from people who are higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
    • Follow the best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
    • If you develop symptoms of illness during quarantine: contact your healthcare provider and let them know you were exposed, contact your school nurse and report the symptoms, stay home while the results are pending and then report the results to your healthcare provider and school nurse/
    • Quarantine may be discontinued 14 days after your exposure if you remain symptom-free AND you do not have ongoing exposure to someone with COVID-19. If you do have ongoing exposure to someone with COVID-19 (e.g. if the person who tested positive lives in your home), then your quarantine will last longer than 14 days. Contact your school nurse for further guidance regarding when your quarantine would end and again to confirm the date to return.
    • A negative test result during this period does NOT shorten the length of quarantine.
    • Effective 9/29/20, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Polk County Health Department, and Iowa Department of Education recommended changes to quarantine guidance.
      • The 14-day quarantine will not be required for individuals who are considered close contacts when face coverings or masks are properly worn by both the person with COVID-19 and their close contact(s) at school.
      • This new guidance would exclude household, residential, and healthcare settings.
      • Face coverings or masks must meet CDC guidelines; gaiters and face shields worn alone will not meet the requirement of an approved face covering or mask.
      • Contact tracing will be completed to determine if the student(s) and staff meet the new guidance requirements and may continue to attend school and activities or if the student(s) and staff will need to quarantine at home for the 14 days following the close contact with the person with COVID-19.
      • We will still inform staff and parents/guardians if/when you (as a staff member) or your child (as a student) is determined to be a close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19.
      • This new guidance does not apply to those exposed while living in the same household.
      • This new guidance does not change isolation requirements for those who are sick and/or test positive for COVID-19.
    • If you are a contact of a contact who has been exposed to COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine unless the original contact develops symptoms or has a positive COVID-19 test and is put in isolation
        • Example: A parent is determined to be a close contact of a coworker with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and the parent is placed in quarantine. The family living in the same household as the parent does not need to quarantine unless the parent develops symptoms and is diagnosed with COVID-19. 
        • If the parent develops symptoms, the school nurse should then be notified and quarantine would need to be established. Release from quarantine would be dependent on other exposures and the 14 day quarantine would then be added on after the parent completes isolation. Again, please visit with your school nurse to confirm the date of return before allowing the student to return to school.
    • If you have a family member, such as a college student, returning home:
        • If the college student is confirmed positive COVID-19 and comes home to recover, all household members are in quarantine.
          • However, if the college student drove themself home, enters the house through a separate door and stays in a room (such as in the basement), not sharing any space, including bathroom, meals are delivered in a mask and left outside their door, then the family does not have to quarantine. It needs to be strictly followed. If this is not doable, the household members are in quarantine.
        • If the college student comes home and is in quarantine (exposed to a positive and deemed a close contact) the college student is in quarantine, the family is not (contact to a contact). 
        • If the college student has symptoms and becomes positive for COVID-19, the household members are in quarantine and their quarantine would begin upon learning of the positive test or symptoms and extend 14 more days following the college student completing their isolation. (No fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine AND all symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.) 

 

Isolation
Isolation keeps someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home. Isolation procedures include:

  • Stay home, except to get medical care
  • Separate the isolated person from other people and pets as much as possible
  • Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people
  • Continue habits of covering your cough or sneeze, washing hands often, avoid sharing personal household items, cleaning “high touch” surfaces daily
  • Household contacts must quarantine, staying home for 14 days after the last exposure to the person in isolation
  • Track your symptoms and log them daily, including your temperature
  • If you become more ill, contact your healthcare provider or 911 in an emergency
  • Scenario 1: You may discontinue isolation when all of the following criteria are met:
    • You tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms
    • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine  
    • AND All symptoms have improved
    • AND At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared (symptom onset day counts as day 0)
  • Scenario 2: You may discontinue isolation when all of the following criteria are met: 
    • You tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
    • AND You continue to have no symptoms
    • AND 10 days have passed since the test

IMPORTANT: If you developed symptoms at some point during your isolation, please start your 10 days from the date your symptoms started.

Again, thank you for taking the time to review this information. We are continuing to implement recommended strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in schools. We are also working closely with our local public health department, enabling us to respond quickly to any problems or concerns of illness. Please contact your school nurse for questions related to illness prevention, monitoring, reporting, quarantine, and isolation.