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                Flowchart for People with COVID-19 Symptoms                 

 People who have symptoms:

For people who received a laboratory test for COVID-19:

For other diagnoses (e.g., Norovirus, strep throat):

People who were exposed to someone with COVID-19:

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Fever or Chills

Loss of taste/smell



Shortness of breath 

Difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


A person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be placed in a separate room away from other people, maintain physical distance from the person monitoring them, and wear a face mask. The symptomatic person will be instructed to contact their health care professional. The separate room will be appropriately sanitized after the person leaves. Those with multiple symptoms or a fever should have a doctor’s note to return to school. 

Pending test result: 
The person and any household member must remain out of school pending test results. 

Positive test result, or presumptive diagnosis from doctor: 
Stay home at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from test date  if asymptomatic AND until no fever for at least 72 hours without fever-reducing medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members must remain out of school for 14 days
since their last exposure to the confirmed case.


Negative test result with other diagnosis:

Stay home until symptoms have improved AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. Follow school policy on return to school for other illnesses.

If symptoms related to a pre-existing condition change or worsen, talk to a health care provider to determine next steps.

All known exposed individuals should be in communication with the Health Department. Known exposure is defined as someone within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer who has been diagnosed or presumed COVID-19 positive. 

A person who has been exposed (someone within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) to someone with diagnosed or presumptive positive COVID-19 as notified by the Health Department must remain out of school for 14 days since their last exposure to the confirmed case.

Siblings and household members, of an individual identified as being in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, do not need to stay home, if the contact has safely isolated and taken the appropriate safety precautions.