KCHD COVID-19 Guidance

Sunday, July 19, 2020

West Catholic will be following recommendations from the Kent County Health Department in regard to students, staff or community members who have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Please note that these can and may change over time - if so, we will communicate the changes.

Doctors and other health care providers may be giving different advice. The KCHD is working on addressing this. However, we will follow this guidance. For now, here are our requirements based on the KCHD:

  1. If a student, staff member or community member has been diagnosed as positive for COVID-19, they may return to West Catholic and WC activities after 10 days of the onset of symptoms, given that they have been fever-free for 72 hours and their symptoms are improving.
  2. If the diagnosis is asymptomatic, it is 10 days since the test was administered, assuming 72 hours without a fever.
  3. If a family member tests positive, other family members must quarantine for 14 days since the last close contact. Close contact is defined as any period 15 minutes or longer when you are closer than 6 feet with or without a mask. Close contact also includes sharing anything that would put you in direct contact with the infected person's saliva or respiratory droplets - being directly sneezed on or sharing an ice cream cone, for example. Please note that this timeline resets if any additional household members are diagnosed positive.

We are anticipating all of those in the above cases will be in quarantine during the time period prior to their return to campus for the safety of those around them.

We would also like to communicate the following -- For any individual that has spent more than 15 minutes with someone diagnosed positive, closer than 6 feet with or without a mask, we encourage you to quarantine for 14 days since the encounter. You may return to school functions after the 14 days if you remain symptom-free. Household members of a close contact do not need to quarantine.