Cases of COVID-19
Once a case of COVID-19 (a person with a positive PCR or antigen laboratory result, regardless of symptoms) is identified among the child care program attendees or staff, providers should identify all close contacts associated with the facility who had exposure to the case during the infectious period. A case is typically considered to be infectious from 48 hours before symptoms first appeared (or date of first positive laboratory test for people without symptoms) up to 10 days later.
A close contact is any individual who was within 6 feet of the case for more than 15 minutes or had contact with the case’s body fluids and/or secretions, for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing of a drink or food utensils.
Childcare providers should notify parents and other relevant contacts of the exposure. In addition, the facility should temporarily close the areas where the COVID-19 case was and disinfect. Additionally, providers should work closely with the local county health department staff to facilitate contact tracing by providing a line list of known contacts and their phone numbers.