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Important information about state-required COVID-19 quarantine protocols

Regardless of whether masks are mandatory or optional in any North Carolina K-12 public school, the following is a summary of who will and will not have to be quarantined after a positive case or exposure to a positive case. Our school nurses, who are employees of the Catawba County Health Department, determine who will be quarantined based on the state’s rules below.

The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (page 15) states that anyone who is determined to be within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of someone positive for COVID-19 must be quarantined with three exceptions:

  1. If you are fully vaccinated (age 12+) and you do not have symptoms, you will not have to quarantine. 

  2. If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and are fully recovered and you do not have symptoms, you will not have to quarantine. 

  3. If a face covering was worn “appropriately and consistently” by you and the person with COVID-19, and you do not have symptoms, you will not have to be quarantined. 

For exceptions and the exact wording of this guidance, please see the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, beginning on page 15.