Q: What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Both are important mitigation strategies to help slow the spread of COVID-19. People who are diagnosed with COVID-19 need to isolate
themselves until they are no longer at risk of infecting others. Quarantine
is for people who have been identified as close contacts with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Isolation
involves: staying home; staying away from household members; and not going to work, school or public areas. Quarantine
involves: staying home and not going to work, school or public areas. For more information on isolation
please visit the St. Louis County COVID-19 website.
Q: Why is there a need to quarantine individuals who have been identified as close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases?
A: Quarantining is one of the most effective preventative strategies we can employ to help ensure COVID-19 does not spread in our school communities. If you have been exposed to a case of COVID-19, you may not know that you are sick or show any outward symptoms, but you can still spread the virus. Rockwood currently follows the St. Louis County Department of Public Health guidance: close contacts of COVID-19 cases need to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
Q: Once I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, does that mean I no longer have to practice mitigation strategies?
People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 still need to continue following our Rockwood Safe Together
mitigation strategies. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance to the extent possible, and conduct your daily health screenings for symptoms. We must stay the course as we protect ourselves and others from the spread of the virus, now and in the months to come.