Ad Spot
Personnel with Madison City Schools continue to exercise precautions again COVID-19. CONTRIBUTED

Davis clarifies confusing ‘language’ of COVID-19

MADISON – With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are dealing with a barrage of terminology about the disease. The correct response to a scenario can be confusing when a person is symptomatic, or tests positive or experiences close contact of COVID-19.

Bonnie Davis, Lead Nurse for Madison City Schools, offered clarification to COVID-19 terms:

* Case – Involves someone who tested positive, with or without symptoms; exhibited symptoms but has not been tested; and is awaiting test results.

* Close Contact – Anyone in proximity of six feet for 15 minutes minimum (cumulative) in 24-hour period with an infected person, starting two days before symptoms appear.

* Isolation — Separating infected people (or cases) from people who are not sick.

* Quarantine — Separating people in close contact to COVID-19 to see if they become sick.

* Major Symptoms — New cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and/or smell.

* Minor Symptoms — Fever at least 100 degrees, headache, diarrhea, chills, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea/vomiting and congestion/runny nose.

The case and symptomatic close contact must isolate for 10 days from start of symptoms. On the tenth day, the case must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; symptoms must be resolving.

Close contacts without symptoms must quarantine for 14 days from last contact with the case.

“Why can a case come back to school before the close contact? The CDC has determined that the case is no longer contagious after 10 days; however, the close contact can still develop symptoms until 14 days after exposure,” Davis said.

Even with a negative test during quarantine, the person is not released from quarantine because symptoms can develop until the 14th day. The school nurse will advise when the person can return to school.

In testing, the PCR test is most accurate with results in several days. The rapid test yields its results in an hour but is accurate for positive results only.

Siblings of a symptomatic child require specific procedures:

* Isolate the sick child from the family. Disinfect all common areas after contact with the sick person.

* “If the symptomatic person is the parent/caregiver, treat yourself as the sick and your children as siblings,” Davis said.

* Keep siblings at home.

* After a symptomatic child tests positive, siblings should stay home. Notify the school nurse. Close contacts at home and school must quarantine for 14 days.

“The purpose of quarantine is to see if the person becomes sick,” Davis said. “The quarantine starts on the last day he/she had contact with the case.” For a test, wait five days minimum from last exposure with the case.

In mid-September, MCS stated the number of COVID-19 cases at each campus. On Sept. 22, Discovery Middle School reported that an employee was confirmed positive as a COVID-19 case. School officials notified all close contacts of the positive case.

The employee will return after clearance with ADPH guidelines. Following MCS protocols, Discovery has sanitized and cleaned Discovery’s building.

Also on Sept. 22, Madison Hospital had 11 inpatients positive for COVID-19; no patients required ventilators. Two COVID-19 patients were in ICU. Six patients were under investigation, but no one was admitted on Sept. 22. (huntsvillehospital.org)

“Your child’s school nurse is a great resource. Also, please refer to “Health Services” at madisoncity.k12.al.us,” Davis said.

James Clemens High School

Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education awards James Clemens

Huntsville

Alex Cole earns Eagle Scout rank with school beautification project

Huntsville

‘Into the Woods Jr.’ to unfold on Madison Academy campus

LIFESTYLES -- FEATURE SPOT

What’s the significance of red poppies? American Legion has answers.

James Clemens High School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology selects Yewon Lee for institute

Madison

Elementary students excel in play at State Scholastic Chess Championship

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

Madison

VBC says scams targeting ticket seekers increasing, explains how to avoid them

Madison

State open records bill clears Senate committee

Madison

‘Essential business’ bill goes to governor

Madison

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 will require personal responsibility when mask mandate expires

Madison

Huntsville Ballet Company is back with Peter and the Wolf – April 16-18

Madison

Hubert Family Farms finding success with area’s first “pick your own tulip” experience

Madison

Community tips lead police to Harvest man accused of sexual abuse of a child

x