From the Maine DOE: Responding to a positive case of COVID-19
- Work with school administrators, nurses, and other healthcare providers to identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-19 like symptoms. School nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. See: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know About Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection.
- Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone sick home or to a healthcare facility.
- Notify health officials, staff, and families immediately of a positive case while maintaining confidentiality and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.
- Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection.
- Implement the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Responding to a Positive Case in Schools, provided by Maine CDC (draft: updated 9/30/20)
- Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
- Inform those who have had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, follow appropriate CDC guidance for home isolation.