Close Contact?Don't Test Too Early!

Oct. 15: Update: Community Transmission-HIGH LEVEL

QUESTION: When Should Close Contacts Test to Reduce Quarantine Time?

ANSWER: If identified as a close contact, you should wait to test on day 5 of your quarantine with possibilities you may return to school on day 8, without symptoms.

Quarantine period can end after Day 7 if someone tests negative (PCR or antigen test) and if no symptoms have been identified during daily self-monitoring. Specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours (Day 5) before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation. Don’t test TOO EARLY- must be day 5 or after to qualify.

*Per CDC, Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus.

Face Coverings to Continue Week of October 18th for Berkeley County Schools

Today, October 15th, the community transmission rate remains High. Per Berkeley County Board of Education based upon guidance by the Berkeley-Morgan County Board of Health (BCBH), face coverings will be required by all persons in Berkeley County Schools/Offices/Buildings next week, Monday, October 18th through Sunday, October 24th. At this time, face coverings must be worn on school buses per federal requirement under the CDC regardless of transmission rate.

SUBSTANTIAL/HIGH: Universal face coverings for students and staff will be REQUIRED when levels of Covid community transmission reach levels designated as SUBSTANTIAL or HIGH.


LOW /MODERATE: Face covering will be HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for students and staff when the level of Covid community transmission is LOW or MODERATE while indoors and in areas where social distancing is limited.

This message has the most current information as of October 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

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