COVID-19 Updates

From Our School District Nurse

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

What if me, or a family member is sick?

If you or anyone in your household has one or more of the following COVID-19 symptoms…
(For life-threatening symptoms, please dial 911 or visit the emergency room.)

  • Fever (100.4°F or greater) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Review the “COVID-19 Screening Flow Chart” & “Close Contacts Decision Tree”

COVID-19 Concerns?

Contact the WA State COVID-19 Information Hotline: (800) 525-0127, then press #. (Language assistance available.) Monday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday, observed state holidays, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

FIND A COVID-19 TEST

Methow Valley School District (Staff & Students Only)

Online Consent Form for Rapid COVID-19 Testing → Download Consent Form for Rapid COVID-19 Testing →

A Consent Form is required for all students unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

Where: Northwest corner of Liberty Bell Jr/Sr High, outside next to the stadium.
When: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free, but only available to MVSD Staff and Students.
Call ahead? No, it is a Rapid Antigen Test.

Local COVID-19 Testing Facilities

Aero Methow Rescue Service (back parking lot)
When: Monday/Wednesday/Sunday, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 4 – 5 p.m. No Saturday testing.
Who: Okanogan County residents who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Cost: Free
Call ahead? No, it is a Rapid Antigen Test.

Confluence Clinic, Winthrop
When: Monday – Friday, 8 – 9 a.m. and 12 – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for some insurance plans.
Call ahead? Yes, call (509)-663-8711 option 1 to order your COVID-19 test. PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests are available.

Family Health Center, Twisp
When: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free for some insurance plans.
Call ahead? Yes, call (509) 997-2011 to order your COVID-19 test. PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests are available.

For Other Days & Times

View a complete list of testing sites throughout Okanogan County.
https://okanogancountycovid19.org/symptoms-testing/

For Questions About Local Testing or Other COVID-19 Concerns

  • How to Access COVID-19 Testing at MVSD
  • Confluence Clinic, Winthrop: (509) 996-8180
  • Family Health Centers, Twisp: (509) 997-2011
  • Ulrich’s Pharmacy: (509) 997-2191
  • Room One: (509) 997-2050
  • Okanogan Behavior Health Crisis Line: (509) 826-6191

 

QUARANTINE & ISOLATION FAQ

WA Department of Health • Isolation & Quarantine Calculator

Calculator provides estimates based on state guidelines. Results may differ slightly from Okanogan County guidelines.

Online Isolation & Quarantine Calculator →

Q: What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

A: Quarantine is…

  • What you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Quarantine means you stay home and away from others in case you are infected and are contagious.
  • Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms.

A: Isolation is…

  • What you do if you have COVID-19 or have tested positive.
  • Isolation means you stay home and away from others (including household members) for AT LEAST 10 DAYS to avoid spreading illness. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available. Limit contact with pets and other animals.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Stay home except to get medical care.

Q: How long do I need to quarantine if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

A: It depends…

  • Current Dept of Health recommendations are to stay in quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure. This is the safest option. Monitor your symptoms during this time, and if you have any COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days, get tested.
  • If 14 day quarantine is not possible, a full 7-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 or later is an option. If the person still feels well on day 8 they can return to school after showing proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen Test.

Q: How long do I need to isolate if I test positive for COVID-19?

A: If you are sick AND have confirmed COVID-19, you can stop your home isolation when…

  • You’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
  • Your symptoms have gotten better AND
  • At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared.

A: If you tested positive for COVID-19, but are not sick, you can stop your home isolation when…

  • At least 10 days have gone by since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test AND
  • You have not gotten sick with COVID-19.

Q: Do I Need to Quarantine if I’m Fully vaccinated?

A: No, however…

  • You should receive a PCR test on day 3-5 after exposure to check for asymptomatic infection.
  • If symptoms develop, follow isolation protocols and get tested.

Q: When Am I Fully Vaccinated?

A: You are fully vaccinated…

  • 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • If it has been less than 2 weeks since your final dose, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention measures until you are fully vaccinated.

Q: Does a Person’s race/ethnicity or nationality, itself, put them at greater risk of COVID-19?

A: No, however…

  • Data are revealing that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This is due to the effects of racism, and in particular, structural racism, that leaves some groups with fewer opportunities to protect themselves and their communities.
  • Stigma will not help to fight the illness.
  • Share only accurate information to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.

 

PROCEDURES

MASKS

VACCINATION VIDEOS

“Schools Don’t Keep Schools Open. Communities Keep Schools Open.”

MVSD has gone above and beyond to integrate with local health care and public health systems, coming together to not just keep its schools open and keep our kids healthy, but to lead in the promotion of health and safety of the entire community. Thank you all for collaborating with healthcare, businesses and broad community groups around us that keep us open and keep us all safe.
~ James Wallace, MD, MPH, Chief Health Officer

"Vaccinated" by Zelley