Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of Kathy Amos

January 14, 2022

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S N O W ! ! !

In honor of those fabulous snow days…..roll in the extra firewood, drag out those sleds, grab a good book, get the Swiss Miss and marshmallows ready….because snow is coming our way!!


Get OUTSIDE and make snowmen/snow creatures, fly down the hillsides, follow some animal tracks, have snowball fights, make snow angels and make some FUN memories y’all!


Stay safe and enjoy:)

Where is Jim???? Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel follows deep snow!

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Yancey County Emergency Management

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Dr. Martin Luther King

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., may we all have a greater respect for his intellect, wisdom and courage.


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”


- MLK Jr.

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HEALTH TEAM UPDATE

Updates to StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit

Last week, NCDHHS made updates to the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit. Read more here

COVID Testing and Quarantine Guidance for YCS 1/13/2021

Symptomatic persons - Test Recommended

  • Positive test (rapid antigen, PCR or a home test (home tests must be reported to the HD within 3 days of testing positive, see reporting info below) : isolate x 5 days,may return when fever free x 24 hours and symptoms are improving; mask required for all activities including sports, chorus, band for another 5 days


  • Negative test:

    • Rapid antigen negative: return when fever free x 24 hours without fever reducing meds AND felt well x 24 hours and no known covid exposures in the past 5 days (EMPLOYEES MUST SEND PICTURE OF NEGATIVE TEST RESULT TO CJMCMAHAN@YANCEYNC.NET)


    • PCR negative: clear to return when fever free x 24 hours and symptoms improving and no known covid exposures in the past 5 days


  • If no test, must isolate x 5 days and may return when fever free x 24 hours and symptoms are improving; mask required for all activities including sports, chorus, band for another 5 days



Asymptomatic persons

  • Positive test (rapid antigen or PCR): isolate x 5 days,may return when fever free x 24 hours and symptoms are improving; mask required for all activities including sports, chorus, band for another 5 days



Exposures to a positive person

  • NO Quarantine for Person in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and is in one of the following groups AND remains symptom free:


    • They are 18 years of age and older and have received their primary series AND booster, if eligible.


    • They are between the ages of 5-17 and have completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. Boosters are not required to meet this exception for this age group.


    • Active Disease in the past 90 days with a viral test (PCR, or rapid antigen at a facility is acceptable; home tests are acceptable IF they are reported to the HD within 3 days of testing positive, see reporting info below)


    • Both positive and exposed persons were wearing a mask appropriately and consistently the entire time


    • Mask must be worn for 10 days after exposure and monitor for symptoms


  • Quarantine required for persons exposed to someone with COVID-19 if none of the above exemptions apply OR if develop symptoms


    • Must quarantine x 5 days, then may return; mask required for all activities including sports, chorus, band for another 5 days


    • IF symptoms develop, please isolate and get tested.


***Antibodies testing is no longer acceptable as a valid exemption from quarantine per CDC guidance.


To report home tests within 3 days of a home positive, email your information to

Yancey County Health Department yanceyhd@toeriverhealth.org. Please include a picture of the test and attach it to the email if possible. You must give the name, address, phone number and date of birth of the person who tested positive.


If email is not an option, you may call the Health Department at 828-682-6118 and provide the above information but due to high call volume at this time, expect a delay in return calls.


References


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/media/164/open

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/media/220/download?attachment

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