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Determining Criteria for COVID-19 Cases
Who is included in the COVID-19 case count?
- Students or staff who have been in a CCIU building or school, in-person, at least one day per week within the last 14 days. Students and staff who are fully virtual are not included unless they are participants in extracurricular activities that place them physically on CCIU property.
- CCIU or contracted staff assigned to that building.
- Staff members who work in multiple buildings will be listed in one building for counting purposes, but any impacted buildings will receive notification.
Criteria for counting
- A COVID-19 case is known to us because it has been reported to the CCIU by the individual or the Chester County Health Department (CCHD).
- A COVID-19 case reported on the dashboard is a case that has been confirmed through a lab test or is considered to be a presumed positive by the CCHD.
- Cases reported to the CCIU after 6:00 p.m. will be recorded on the next business/school day. Cases reported to the CCIU during a weekend, holiday or a day buildings are closed will be recorded on the next business/school day.
- It is possible the CCIU may learn about a case a week or more later, in which case we will update the archived data on the site.
Please know that at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) we are committed to transparent and timely communication and will continue to follow the Chester County Health Department’s (CCHD) guidance regarding notifications of positive and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases.
The CCHD does not require schools to send notifications regarding exposure when there is a low risk that others will contract COVID-19 as a result of this exposure. However, we feel it is important that we find a balance between keeping our stakeholders informed while also not causing undue panic or clogging lines of communication by reporting cases before they are confirmed or when there is no likely risk of exposure to others in our school.
When a person receives a positive COVID-19 test or has symptoms indicating a probable positive, the CCHD is alerted. The CCHD investigates all suspected or confirmed reports of COVID-19. This helps the CCHD give guidance to the individuals involved and to the CCIU.
COVID-19 investigations include finding close contacts during the contagious period (contact tracing). Contact tracing helps manage the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future surges of cases. The CCIU will support the contact tracing by providing the CCHD with lists of anyone who was in a classroom, on the bus, etc. with the individual.
If the CCHD finds you or your child are a close contact, they will contact you and provide information including:
- Your last date of exposure, which decides the timeline for quarantine
- Expectations for quarantine
- How to report new or worsening symptoms
- Information about COVID-19
Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19, the CCIU will send an email to the staff and families of the impacted building only indicating a potential exposure. To ensure compliance with federal privacy laws, the identity of infected or symptomatic individuals will be shared only with the CCHD, which will determine in a timely manner whether more specific information should be disclosed and to whom such disclosure will be made.
You will be contacted by the Chester County Health Department if you are found to have been in close contact with the individual (less than 6 feet of distance for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering). It is the responsibility of the CCHD to make these notifications.
We continue to ask that all staff and students perform a health screening check prior to coming to any CCIU buildings. If individuals detect an elevated temperature or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 they should remain at home and contact their medical provider for guidance. In addition, if a student or staff member has been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19, please contact your principal or program supervisor for guidance regarding reporting to school or work. We ask that you cooperate with the CCHD should you be contacted regarding contact tracing efforts.