Nurses Notes

Jenny Hinz-Sarah Kadow-Jennifer Monte-Last-Marcia Shefchik

Words to Know

It seems since COVID-19 has begun the news, medical professionals, and social media alike have been talking about QUARANTINE, ISOLATION and CLOSE CONTACT

Good news! This newsletter will answer all your questions.


The information in this newsletter is from the CDC Website and a Powerpoint that was created by Prevea Health.

Quarantine

  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

If you come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 but you don't have symptoms you will need to quarantine. This means you will need to stay home, not go to work, or out and about in the community. It is also recommended to try to separate from those who live in your household. The amount of time you will need to stay home is 14 days after the last time you came into close contact with the person who has COVID-19.

Getting tested: Per CDC, it is best to wait 5-6 days after the exposure to get tested. Even if you test negative you need to remain in quarantine for the full 14 days.

Isolation

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will need to isolate from others, 10 days from the onset of symptoms or 10 days from the date of a positive test if you didn't have symptoms.

Things to do during Isolation:

*Stay home unless you need to go out for medical care

*Monitor your symptoms

*If you are having difficulty breathing, seek emergency care

*Stay separate from other household members as much as possible, use a separate bathroom if possible, don't share dishes or eating utensils

*Wear a mask around others if you need to interact with them

Close Contact

The following is what makes a close contact:

Spending a total of 15 minutes in a twenty four hour period closer than 6 feet.

Touching, hugging or kissing someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Sharing cups, forks, spoons, etc. that someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Providing direct care to someone who has COVID-19 that coughed, sneezed, or in some other way got respiratory droplets on you.

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Nursing Services

The MPSD school nurses continue to be a resource in tracking COVID - 19 in the MPSD community. The nurses will be available to families and staff during the school day. Administration will be able to reach the nurses after hours based on need. If you or someone in your family is having symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 please fill out the COVD-19 Reporting Form.

MPSD School Nurses

If you have questions about this newsletter, use the email to contact one of the nurses.