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Public Health Protocols

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19

This section will be updated continuously to answer specific questions about the Fall 2020 Return to School. We are currently taking your questions at Fall2020@clarkston.k12.mi.us.

Everyone should assume possible exposure to COVID-19 and continuously monitor for symptoms. Check your temperature and watch for symptoms. Call your doctor if symptoms develop.

Source: Kent County Health Dept. Clarkston Community Schools awaits specific guidance from the Oakland County Health Division, and will update plans based on OCHD recommendations.

Definitions

Coronavirus: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can
spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus
that has spread throughout the world.

Contact Tracing: A strategy for slowing the spread of disease in which public health
workers communicate with infectious people to identify their contacts. They then follow
up with those contacts to provide guidance on how to quarantine themselves and what
to do if they develop symptoms of disease.

Quarantine: The practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to
COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur
before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without
feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 14 days), separate
themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or
local health department.

Isolation: The practice of separating people infected with the virus (those who are sick
with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
People who are in isolation (usually for 10 days) must stay home until it’s safe for them
to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected must separate themselves
from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom
(if available).

Close Contact: A person who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for
more than 15 minutes with or without a mask.
Examples of close contacts include individuals who were close to a person who is
infected with COVID-19 by providing care to them at home, sharing a living space,
having direct physical contact with them (touched, hugged or kissed them), and
sharing eating or drinking utensils. People may also be close contacts if they were
somehow exposed to droplets from an infected person (sneezed or coughed on).

Types of Masks

  • Cloth Face Coverings: Cloth face coverings are masks made from material that are meant to cover your nose and mouth and to be secured under the chin and are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE). These are effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
  • Surgical Masks: Surgical masks were originally intended to be worn by health professionals and are considered personal protective equipment. These are effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
  • N95 or N95 respirator: A N95 mask, also known as a respirator, filters particles that meet a certain standard for air filtration, meaning that it filters at least 95% of airborne particles. These are recommended only for use by healthcare personnel who need protection from both airborne and fluid hazards (e.g., splashes, sprays).