COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that can spread from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms typically develop within 2-14 days of being exposed.
- Most people with COVID-19 will experience a mild illness that does not require hospitalization, but some people who are at higher risk for a serious illness can develop further medical complications.
SOME PEOPLE ARE AT A HIGHER RISK FOR COVID-19.
People are more at risk for COVID-19 if they live in or have recently traveled to places where ongoing community spread of the virus has been reported, OR if they have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
Those who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include:
- People who are 60 and older.
- People with underlying health conditions, including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
- People with weakened immune systems.
- People who are pregnant.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.
- Stay home
- Practice Social Distancing
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits
- Wear a mask if possible
COVID-19 testing is now available in Ohio for those who want a test, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms. Increased testing will help public health experts to slow the spread of the virus.
Testing is available at two locations in Madison County: Madison Health and Rocking Horse Community Health Center. Both locations require an appointment. Individuals need to self-quarantine while waiting for their results and should not leave their homes except to receive medical care.
Currently, tests conducted at Madison Health’s Urgent Care location require a doctor’s order. If your doctor has ordered you a COVID-19 test, they will also provide you with further instructions on how to schedule your appointment and where to go. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can call Madison Health at 740-845-7400 to utilize their services.
To schedule an appointment at the Madison County office of Rocking Horse Community Health Center, call 740-845-7286. You do not need a doctor’s order at Rocking Horse Center.
- It is mandatory to immediately isolate and seek medical attention for any individual who develops symptoms of COVID19.
- Madison County Public Health must be contacted about suspected cases and exposure and assist the district with contact tracing and communication to any/all exposed persons.
Contingencies for Sickness/Outbreak
When a student/staff member has been diagnosed with a COVID 19 positive case:
- A 14-day quarantine will be required of any student/staff who tests positive with COVID19, and anyone who is determined to have “exposure” as determined by the Health Department (See next section);
- Communication will be developed by the Health Department, which will include the following:
- A specific statement by individuals who may have been in close contact or who may have been exposed to a confirmed case;
- A generalized statement to building and/or district stakeholders of a positive test or exposure;
- Information related to contact tracing.
“Exposure” means anytime within the two days prior to the onset of first symptoms in the positive case:
- You were within 6 feet of the case for at least 15 minutes;
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID19;
- You had direct physical contact with the case (touched, hugged, or kissed them) for any amount of time;
- You shared eating or drinking utensils with the case;
- The case sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Student/Staff health issues that are NOT diagnosed as COVID19:
- The duration of homestay for a child sent home with a fever is fever free (without medication) for 72 hours (three full days) AND improvement of all other symptoms for 72 hours AND at least ten days have passed since symptoms started.
- Temperatures will be taken upon return. If a student/staff member tests positive for COVID 19, they and their families will be quarantined for 14 days. The Health Department will perform all contact tracing.
- To return to school, the student must be transported to school by the parent and must be assessed by the school nurse before the parent leaves and the student is admitted to class.
STRATEGIES FOR MAINTAINING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
Ongoing District Guidelines
All London City School District buildings and grounds are CLOSED to the public until further notice except for the following purposes:
- Students and staff who are required to report as part of the district’s educational plan and/or staff directed by their direct supervisor or principal;
- Pre-scheduled visits by parents with prior approval by the appropriate administrator or staff member;
- Pre-scheduled visits by outside contractors;
- Individual student-athletes or organizations with prior approval working in accordance under the district’s Athletic Facility Use Guidelines;
- Community groups/members using outdoor facilities (including the track, tennis courts, and playground equipment) except for the turf field adhering to all district guidelines in place by and in accordance with all state/county governance (Social Distancing).
When visiting a school for an approved purpose, all individuals must agree to the following:
- Use the school’s main entrance and upon entering immediately use hand sanitizer;
- Take your temperature and record using the directions located at the main entrance;
- Do not enter the campus or leave campus immediately if you or anyone in your immediate household: exhibits a fever of 100.4 or higher or shows symptoms like a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste/smell.
- Wear a face covering or mask over the mouth and nose;
- Practice effective social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.
- Abide by any and all Athletic Facility Use Guidelines if visiting for an athletic purpose.