COVID-19 Definitions and Descriptions

COVID-19 Symptoms

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following questions:

  • Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
    • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Chills or exaggerated shivering or shaking
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Significant muscle pain or severe body aches

Close Contact

This section refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency.

For clarity, close contact is defined as:

  • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask); or
  • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask;
    • if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious
  • Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test

Screening Questionnaire Information

When asking individuals if they have symptoms for COVID-19:

  • FHISD will only require the individual to provide a “Yes” or “No” to the overall statement that they are symptomatic for COVID-19, as opposed to asking the individual for specific symptom confirmation
  • The District will not collect information during screening on the specific health information of an individual beyond that they are symptomatic
  • Once it is determined that individuals who responded “Yes” to screening questions and then ultimately met the criteria for re-entry, the District will destroy the individuals’ response(s)
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