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COVID FAQs

Information and FAQs Regarding COVID-19 and Salem-Keizer School District Staff

COVID-19 Staff FAQs

This guidance is only for current district employees and does not pertain to volunteers.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 a second time?

Updated: March 11, 2022

If you test positive a second time for COVID-19 after your initial isolation has been completed, you do not need to isolate as long as the second positive result is within 90 days of your initial positive test date. You will still need to notify your supervisor.

If your second positive test is beyond 90 days of your initial positive test date, remain home for five days after your first date of symptoms or positive test if asymptomatic (no symptoms) and 24 hours after any fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms are improving; notify your supervisor, and follow all instructions from the local public health authority. You will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

What happens if I test positive and then test negative for COVID-19?

Updated: March 11, 2022

According to guidance from OHA, if you test positive and also have a negative test result within your isolation period, you will still need to complete your isolation timeline. OHA guidance would consider the negative test result as a false negative.

If I had a known exposure, do I need to get a COVID-19 test before I can return to work?

Updated: March 11, 2022

No.

What do I do if I have tested positive for Covid-19?

Updated: March 11, 2022

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 should

  • Isolate for five days after their first date of symptoms or positive test if asymptomatic (no symptoms)and 24 hours after any fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms are improving; and
  • Follow all instructions from the local public health authority; and
  • Notify their supervisor.
  • Vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a well-fitting mask in the work setting for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a well-fitting mask in the work setting for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period.

They will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

They will need to wait for approval from the district or their direct supervisor before they can return to district property.

They will follow their usual absence reporting process (such as Frontline entry).

In close contact with a confirmed case?

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and you become symptomatic, notify your supervisor, and remain home. Consider seeking PCR testing.

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and do not become symptomatic, you do not need to quarantine.

What do I do if I have primary COVID-19 symptoms?

Updated: March 11, 2022

If you have any primary COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever of 100.4 or higher/chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste/smell), you need to:

FOR ONLY ONE PRIMARY SYMPTOM: Stay home and notify your supervisor.  You should stay home from work until 24 hours after any fever is resolved, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms are improving.

FOR TWO OR MORE PRIMARY SYMPTOMS: Stay home and notify your supervisor. You should stay home for five days and until 24 hours after any fever is resolved, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms are improving.

You will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

You will need to wait for approval from the district or your direct supervisor before you can return to district property.

Follow your usual absence reporting process (such as Frontline entry).

What do I do if I have non-primary COVID-19 symptoms (fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion/runny nose, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting)?

Updated: March 11, 2022

If you have any symptoms other than primary COVID-19 symptoms (primary COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever of 100.4 or higher/chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste/smell), stay home and see symptom specific guidance below.  If your symptoms are not identified in the guidance below, you may return when well.  If your symptoms persist for more than one day, you should consider evaluation by your healthcare provider who can determine if viral testing is advised.

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What do I do if I have primary COVID-19 symptoms but have been fully vaccinated?

Updated: March 11, 2022

If you have any primary COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever of 100.4 or higher/chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste/smell), you need to:

FOR ONLY ONE PRIMARY SYMPTOM: Stay home and notify your supervisor.  You should stay home from work until 24 hours after any fever is resolved, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms are improving.

FOR TWO OR MORE PRIMARY SYMPTOMS: Stay home and notify your supervisor. You should stay home for five days and until 24 hours after any fever is resolved, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms are improving.

You will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

You will need to wait for approval from the district or your direct supervisor before you can return to district property.

Follow your usual absence reporting process (such as Frontline entry).

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