There has been some confusion about the Garrett County Public School’s protocol for quarantine and isolation due to COVID-19. Hopefully, this will help to clarify any confusion.
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You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus
Based on local conditions and metrics, local public health authorities make recommendations about how long quarantine should last. It is the practice of Garrett County Public Schools to follow the recommendation of the Health Officer, Mr. Robert Stephens, and the Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Jennifer Corder.
Based on Garrett County metrics and high transmission rate, they recommend that GCPS continues with a 14 day quarantine period that can be shortened to 10 days if the person can consistently and correctly wear a mask on days 11 to 14, and the person has no symptoms. If symptoms develop, the individual must immediately self-isolate and contact the school and their healthcare provider.
The exceptions are:
- If an individual is fully vaccinated and symptom-free, they do not have to quarantine but should test between 5 to 7 days of exposure.
- If an individual has proof that they have been infected with COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are symptom-free, they do not have to quarantine.
You isolate when you are infected with the virus, even if you don't have symptoms.
People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
The infected person isolates from others for 10 days since symptoms first appeared, or the date of the test (if there are no symptoms). You can leave isolation on day #11 if:
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Loss of taste and smell may last for some time.
Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard on the Garrett County Public School
website for more information on the Reopening and Recovery Plan and COVID-19 Safety Protocols.
GCPS continues to encourage all eligible students, staff, and family members to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine that is available free of charge at many locations throughout the County. This is the best way to ensure that everyone is protected and the best way to prevent inconvenient quarantine periods.