Due to increasing symptomatic covid infection in pediatric cases, Montgomery County Health Department is highly recommending masking when indoors. - Dr. Shravan Gangula, Montgomery County Medical Director
Clarification of recommendations:
If mask is worn appropriately, there is no quarantine.
If fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there is no quarantine.
It is highly recommended that anyone that has been exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting and is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or wearing a mask appropriately, may be tested 3 to 5 days after exposure. The purpose of this testing is to identify a contact that has become positive for COVID-19. Any contact that becomes positive will be in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset date or if that person is asymptomatic the 10 days will start on the test date. If that person is asymptomatic on test date and becomes symptomatic the 10 days isolation period will start on the day symptoms started.
This does not include anyone that is not vaccinated or not wearing a mask appropriately.
If no mask is worn and/or the person is not vaccinated for COVID-19 the quarantine guidelines are as follows:
- There is a 10 day quarantine for anyone in school that was not wearing a mask or fully vaccinated at the time of exposure, OR
- There is a modified 7 day quarantine – If you have no symptoms from the exposure date, on day 6, you may get a sample taken for a PCR test (antigen and antibody tests are not allowed for this purpose). If the test is negative, and you remain symptom-free, you can be removed from quarantine after 7 full days, which is on day 8.
Day 1 of a Quarantine is the first day after the last exposure. Example: Last exposure date 8/1/21 quarantine begins 8/2/21.
If a person is a household contact they will be in quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure.