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Advice for COVID Scenarios and Testing Info

10/5/2020
 
​The Maryland COVID testing page has info on where to get a test.  The state has also issued the following announcments on 09/28 (See Announcments for full details) : 
  • COVID-19 testing is no longer occurring at VEIP stations. It has been relocated to alternative sites in the same areas. 
  • Howard County General Hospital and the Howard County Health Department will offer free COVID-19 testing in places of worship throughout Howard County this fall.
  • Patients now have the option of pre-registering at the Six Flags America theme park site. This site also continues to accept patients without appointments.

Also see COVID information for additional resources.

 

A negative COVID test does not mean your child does not have COVID-19 infection. Your child may still need to follow the quarantine (stay home) or  isolation (separate from others in your house) guidelines listed below.

*Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for at least 15 min; hugging/kissing; sharing personal items.


Please follow the advice under the section that applies for your child’s situation. Not every scenario can be easily covered here, so please visit the CDC COVID Page to see additional information or if your particular circumstance is not included here.
 

  1. Child has symptoms of illness (regardless of whether there has been close contact with a COVID + person):
     

     

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  • Fever or chills,                      cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

 

ISOLATION: Most people have mild illness and do not require care in the emergency department or an inpatient hospital stay. If possible, designate one parent as the primary caregiver and keep your child in a single room in your house and have them use one bathroom.


-If your child visits common areas, s/he should wear a mask (if over 2 years of age); wash hands often; wipe down common contact points and clean bathroom as needed

-Call our office for: fever >100.4 for more than 4 consecutive days, severe cough/significant problems breathing; whole body rash; profuse diarrhea.

-Isolation should continue until: 24 hrs fever free off medication; at least 3 consecutive days of improving symptoms; at least 10 days from start of illness.  Isolation can also end if your child has a negative PCR test and COVID-19 infection is not highly suspected.

-If your child has a negative PCR COVID test:
Your child probably was not infected at the time your sample was collected. This does not mean your child will not get sick. Still take steps to protect your child from spreading germs to others; including staying at home until feeling better, wearing a mask when outside the home, and practicing social distancing.

  • A negative test result only means that your child did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing or that your sample was collected too early in your child's infection.
  • A negative rapid antigen point-of-care test has to be confirmed by a PCR test in order for your child's isolation to end.

-See CDC page for more details:   How to Isolate        When to end isolation      What to do if you are sick

 

  1. Child tests positive for COVID-19 but is not sick:

ISOLATION (10 days): If possible, designate one parent as the primary caregiver and keep your child in a single room in your house and have them use one bathroom.

-If your child visits common areas, s/he should wear a mask (if over 2 years of age); wash hands often. If symptoms develop then see 3.

-Isolation should continue until 10 days from the positive test; even if repeat testing is negative. 

-See CDC page for more details:   How to Isolate        When to end isolation

 

  1. Child tests positive for COVID-19 and develops symptoms:

  ISOLATION: If possible, designate one parent as the primary caregiver and keep your child in a single room in your house and have them use one bathroom.

-If your child visits common areas, s/he should wear a mask (if over 2 years of age); wash hands often; wipe down common contact points and clean bathroom as needed

-Isolation should continue until: at least 10 days from start of illness and; 24 hrs fever free off medication; and at least 3 consecutive days of improving symptoms; 

-Call our office for: fever >100.4 for more than 4 consecutive days, severe cough/significant problems breathing; whole body rash; profuse diarrhea.

-See CDC page for more details:   How to Isolate        When to end isolation

 

  1.  Child is a close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days:

QUARANTINE:  child should stay home for 14 days, even if testing after contact is negative; avoid contact with high risk household members and limit contact with healthy housemates. If the child is >2 years, then try to have the child wear a mask when around other people in the same house. If the child develops symptoms,
see 1.

  See When to Quarantine  and Sick Parent and Caregivers for more specific scenarios
 

  1. Child is a close contact with a person suspected of having COVID:

    Given the current status, we recommend the same approach as when there is close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID, see 4.

 

  1. Child is a close contact with a person who is identified as a contact of a person who tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days:

    Your child does not need to be quarantined or isolated unless the person identified as a close contact tests positive; then see 3.
 

  1. Child is a close contact with a person who was or has become sick with Non-COVID symptoms in the past 14 days:

      Follow regular recommendations for social distancing and mask wearing
 

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