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Key COVID-19-Related Definitions & Information

Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected. People who have symptoms of COVID-19 are able to recover at home and those who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection should isolate themselves, monitor their symptoms, and wear a face covering when around others, if possible. (CDC)

Quarantine: 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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a quarantine period of 14 days, but options exist to shorten a quarantine for those who are not exhibiting symptoms during daily monitoring. These include:

  • Ending an individual's quarantine after ten days without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, or

  • After seven days following a negative PCR or antigen test result (test must occur on Day 5 or later)

The CDC's guidance is being utilized by the Virginia Department of Health as part of its quarantine procedures. (VDH)

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated (CDC)

How PGCPS Communicates a Positive Test:

Prince George County Public Schools is committed to protecting the health of our school community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this is providing communications when someone may have been potentially exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with Virginia Department of Health guidelines, individuals who have been deemed to have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 will be notified and asked to quarantine and monitor their health during this time. Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as being within six feet of less of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period. 

Prince George County Public Schools is committed to protecting the privacy of our students and employees by continuing to closely adhere to guidelines put forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As such, we will not disclose any potentially identifiable information regarding individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been asked to quarantine.