MCHD School Guidance
CELINA (9-14-21) – In response to a recent influx of questions, Mercer County Health District (MCHD) is providing information to the community on the guidance issued to local schools regarding COVID-19. Like parents and local school officials, MCHD seeks to keep students in class, in person, for the entire 2021-22 school year. To that end, we recommend that everyone follows the recommendations listed below, according to CDC guidance.
- Isolate at home for at least ten days. Do not return to school until symptoms are gone.
Unmasked close contact:
- A contact of a confirmed case should monitor for symptoms for the entire 14-day period. Maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others and wear a mask when around other people. If symptoms, immediately self-isolate and consult your Primary Care Provider.
- Reduced Quarantine:
- 10 Day Stay at Home– without testing *Can only be released if you remain symptom-free*
- 7 Day Stay at Home– ONLY after receiving a negative test result on day 5, or later, can you be considered for release after Day 7. *Can only be released if you remain symptom-free.
Masked close contact:
- A contact of a confirmed case who was masked does not need to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
- If a contact of a confirmed case develops symptoms, they should isolate and consider getting tested.
As of September 14, 2021, there has been a total of 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among school-aged individuals (5 – 18 years of age). In comparison, there were only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the same age range at the same point in the 2020-2021 school year.
The MCHD would especially appreciate everyone’s cooperation in isolation and quarantine situations, as isolation and quarantine are essential tools to help minimize the impact of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Also, note that the impact of quarantine on students can be drastically limited by masking and social distancing, as well as by voluntary vaccination of students and staff.