Dept. of Health Recommendations

Procedures to Follow when COVID-19 Cases Occur Within School Buildings:

When counties are in a “Substantial” level of transmission, schools are asked to track their COVID-19 cases. Depending on the size of the school, districts must initiate a review of their cases with the Department of Health (DOH) when they reach a certain number of cases in a rolling 14-day period.

Table showing recommendations for school closures

Steps to Take When Number of COVID-19 Cases Require Further Action:

  • Close school(s) for 3-7 days (shift to remote learning)*
  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine

*If case investigations, contact tracing, and cleaning and disinfecting can be accomplished in a faster time frame, the length of closure time may be shortened.

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