Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
TESTING OF ILL CHILDREN SUSPECTED OF HAVING COVID-19
PRIOR TO RETURN TO SCHOOL
(January 1, 2021)
As NJ continues to experience COVID-19 transmission among school aged children.
Symptoms are often mild and may not be possible to clinically distinguish between COVID-19 19 and other illnesses.
Therefore, the NJ Department of Health recommends that
"any child with COVID-19 compatible symptoms should not return to school until they have either received a negative viral test (molecular or antigen) for SARS-CoV-2 or they have completed an isolation period of at least 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours after resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications with symptom improvement. A purely clinical alternative diagnosis is not longer acceptable."
Factors to Keep in Mind When Assessing Your Risk While Participating in Activities
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Use a tissue to cover coughs & sneezes, then dispose of the tissue.
When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Click Here for More Information
Wash hands for 20 seconds. Click Here for More Information
If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.