SHOULD I KEEP MY KIDS HOME?

Remember that if your child is showing any symptoms of illness, they should remain home from school, child care and other activities. Whether the symptoms may be COVID, flu or a cold, it is important to take steps to prevent spreading illness to others. Parents who have concerns about health risks should contact their healthcare provider.

Follow guidance from public health staff and your medical provider for staying home and isolating. See general quarantine and isolation timeline guidance here. If your child develops symptoms, contact their medical provider and ask about testing for COVID-19. 

If your child is fully vaccinated, they do not have to quarantine for 14 days following an exposure unless they have symptoms. 

For school-age children, please be sure to monitor communications from your school and school district regarding plans for the school year as well as health and safety measures the schools have in place.

Schools and child care providers must meet health and safety requirements. A few highlights of the requirements are: excluding sick employees from work; sending sick children home; meeting all CDC recommended cleaning and disinfecting procedures; and ensuring proper hand hygiene and sanitation are readily available to all children and staff. More information for schools and child cares is available at www.snohd.org/533/COVID-19-Info-for-Schools-and-Child-Care.

Plans may vary based on local conditions and considerations for schools and child cares. Child care providers also may make individual decisions to close due to staffing or health issues, or they may need to close or modify their operations if a staff member or child becomes ill with COVID-19. 


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1. WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINATION
2. WHAT IS A CORONAVIRUS?
3. WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?
4. WHERE DID THIS VIRUS COME FROM AND HOW IS IT SPREAD?
5. WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID?
6. HOW MANY COVID-19 CASES ARE THERE IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY?
7. ISN’T THIS VIRUS BASICALLY JUST THE FLU?
8. WHAT IS THE STATUS WITH SCHOOL CLOSURES?
9. ARE PUBLIC GATHERINGS BEING CANCELED?
10. DO PEOPLE NEED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS/MASKS?
11. HOW DO I SAFELY DISPOSE OF USED FACE MASKS?
12. WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS?
13. WHAT IS SOCIAL/PHYSICAL DISTANCING?
14. DOES THE HEALTH OFFICER REALLY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT ACTIVITIES?
15. WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?
16. WHAT IF I CAN’T GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY PROVIDER?
17. HOW LONG IS SOMEONE CONTAGIOUS?
18. IS THERE A VACCINE FOR 2019 CORONAVIRUS?
19. HOW IS THIS VIRUS TREATED?
20. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
21. WHAT EARLY TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
22. WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT THE SPREAD?
23. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED OR AT HIGHER RISK?
24. SHOULD I KEEP MY KIDS HOME?
25. WHY ISN’T THERE A LIST OF EXPOSURE LOCATIONS?
26. IS IT SAFE TO DONATE BLOOD?
27. IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY?
28. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION