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COVID-19

Active Cases only reflect individuals that were COVID positive while present in a school building.  Cases are considered Active from when they became infectious or tested positive for COVID until 10 days after.  This is the required isolation period for someone that has tested positive for COVID.  Once a positive case moves beyond the 10 day isolation period, it is no longer considered an Active Case. Therefore, Active Cases are currently still in the 10-day isolation period.  Total Cases reflect the total number of positive COVID cases that have been identified in a building since January 12, 2021.

COVID Tracker Data Prior to the January 12, 2021 Reset

As of January 12, 2021, the following number of positive cases of COVID-19 were identified in our school district.
  • Avonworth Primary Center = 10 Cases
  • Avonwroth Elementary School = 14 Cases
  • Avonwroth MS/HS = 34 Cases
  • Total Positive Cases of COVID-19 = 58 Cases

Incident & Positivity Rate

Use the following link to access Allegheny County's most recent incident rate per 100K and percent positivity rate.
Use the following link to access the PDE school model recommendations based on incident rate and positivity rate.
The following link takes you to PDE's recommendations for responding to cases of COVID-19.  

Summary of the CDC's Updated K-12 Guidance Released February 12, 2021

Click HERE for a summary of the CDC's updated Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation.  


The table below provides an update on the COVID incident rate per 100K and the percent positivity rate for Allegheny County for the previous 7 days.  The transmission level is determined by the CDC Indicators and Thresholds for Community Transmission of COVID-19 which was updated by the CDC on February 12, 2021, and adopted by our Board of School Directors on February 12, 2021.  The source of these data can be found HERE.  The final update made to this table was made on June 4, 2021.

NOTE: Per the CDC - The transmission level is determined by both the Cases Per 100K and the Percent Positivity Rate falling in a level.  If the two indicators suggest different levels, the actions corresponding to the higher threshold should be chosen.



COVID Tracker Definitions

Confirmed Case - A confirmed case is a known individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.
Active Case - An active case is an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 and is still in his/her 10-day isolation period.
Total Cases - Total cases are the number of positive COVID-19 cases/individuals that have been identified in the District since the beginning of the school year.  On January 12 we reset our COVID Tracker to only include positive COVID cases that have been physically present in our buildings.  Therefore, the current Total Cases numbers on the tracker are as of January 12, 2021.
Attendance Restrictions - The number of attendance restrictions indicates the number of individuals that are not able to attend school and are currently in isolation due to a positive COVID test or in quarantine due to being identified as a close contact or symptomatic and awaiting a test.
Close Contact - A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.  A person is considered a close contact following the guideline above anywhere from 2 days prior to the positive person's onset of symptoms or positive test.
Quarantine - The time an individual is separated and restricts his/her movement due to being exposed to an individual during the time they are contagious as a result of testing positive for COVID-19.
Isolation - A person that has tested positive for COVID-19 who completely isolates himself or herself and has no interaction with individuals that are not sick.  Isolation is a 10-day period.


FAQ/Information for Parents

MY CHILD ONLY HAS A RUNNY NOSE AND SORE THROAT BUT NO FEVER, CAN THEY STILL HAVE COVID-19? 

  • Most children with Covid-19 have mild symptoms, with or without a fever - some have no symptoms at all.  Contact your child's medical provider if your child is ill with ANY new symptoms of illness.  

  • CDC Covid-19 Symptoms in Children and Teens

Group A - 1 or more symptoms in this column

Group B - 2 or more symptoms in this column

Cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty breathing

New loss of smell (without congestion)

New loss of taste (without congestion)

Fever (measured or subjective)           Sore Throat

Chills                                                       Headache

Congestion or runny nose                    Fatigue                                                   

Nausea or vomiting                               Myalgia

Diarrhea                                                  Rigors

 Keep your child home and contact their PCP if your child has:

One or more symptoms in Group A 

Two or more symptoms in Group B

If you have ONLY one symptom from Group B please keep your child at home until:

  • 24 hours after symptoms have improved without the use of fever-reducing medication


WHAT TEST WILL MY CHILD HAVE DONE?

  • There are different types of Covid-19 tests.  Consult your child’s PCP for guidance.

  • The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Viral test is highly accurate for detecting current infection

  • The Rapid Antigen test is less reliable than the PCR Viral test 

WHERE SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO GET TESTED?

  • Contact your child’s doctor or your insurance provider for information on testing sites or click on the following link to find a site near you: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

    • Some testing sites do not require a doctor's order 

    • Some testing sites accept walk-in patients 

    • Some testing centers are also FREE for those without health insurance 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Isolation is required for 10 days from the start of symptoms (or if asymptomatic - from the date of positive Covid-19 test) 

  • Symptoms and fever must be resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine before returning to school

  • Contact tracing will be done to determine any individuals that may be ‘Close Contacts’ 

  • We ask parents and staff to report all positive results to the school. We are contacted by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), however, they may be delayed, therefore, it is critical that parents or staff inform us as soon as possible

WHAT IS ISOLATION?  

  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home

    • Stay at home in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom (if available)  

    • Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels, or utensils 

    • Keep a face mask in place and physical distance from all other family members and pets when it is necessary to be out of the room

    • Monitor health and seek emergency care immediately for any serious symptoms of illness   

  • CDC - Isolation Information 

HOW DOES CONTACT TRACING OCCUR? 

WHO IS A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • Anyone within 6 feet of someone who is positive for Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more 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 REGARDLESS OF WEARING A MASK

  • CDC - Close Contact Information 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • Quarantine is required for 14 days after isolation from the positive case or from the conclusion of the isolation period. This occurs even if they test negative during the quarantine.

  • Asymptomatic siblings and household members of close contacts do not need to quarantine, but we ask parents to monitor their health.

  • School officials and ACHD will notify all those identified as close contacts.

WHAT IS QUARANTINE?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 away from others.

    • Stay home.  Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of Covid-19. 

    • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from Covid-19.

  • CDC - Quarantine Information  

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

  • Please continue to monitor your child’s health every day before attending school in person. 



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