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11/4/2020 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Weekly Update #49 – November 3, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019)
Weekly Update #49 – November 3, 2020

Every day the Bernards Township Health Department receives calls from residents, school nurses, parents and other members of the community. Every week we’ll compile these Q&As for our “COVID FAQ Corner”.

Q: Are teachers considered essential workers? Do they have to quarantine after exposure?
A: As per the Critical Infrastructure guidance from August 18, 2020, teachers and other school staff are considered essential workers. If a teacher is identified as a close contact, they should quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure and coverage should be found.

Q: If I travel out of state for the upcoming holidays, do I have to quarantine from work?
A: This answer can differ from each individual workplace, so check with your supervisor or Human Resources. The self-quarantine advisory was issued to limit the spread of the virus within our communities. The recommendation relies on personal accountability. Travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the self quarantine advisory.

Q: If I was exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and got a negative rapid test, can I break quarantine? If I get a negative PCR test?
A: NO. You cannot test out of quarantine. You can develop symptoms up to 14 days after exposure and test positive or be asymptomatic. Stay home from school, work and other errands and stop the spread.