Contact Tracing/Close Contacts
Updated August 30, 2021
Contact tracing will continue. Contact tracers may include SCDHEC, school nurses, athletic trainers, school administration, and district health officials.
DHEC defines close contact among students in the K-12 setting as those unvaccinated students within 3 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period from 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or specimen collection for an asymptomatic infected person) until the infected person meets criteria for release from isolation. While mask use among unvaccinated individuals is strongly recommended, the presence or absence of masks does not affect the DHEC definition of a close contact for K-12 students.
For all unvaccinated adults, including teachers, staff, or other adults in the school setting, close contact is defined at less than 6 feet apart, regardless of mask use, for a total of 15 minutes or more.
Close contacts will include anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) from 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or specimen collection for an asymptomatic infected person) of the infected person.
*Activities where forced expiration produces increased respiratory droplets in the surroundings, including shouting, singing, physical exertion, etc.
Email COVID19info@horrycountyschools.net for questions regarding COVID-19 quarantines and contact tracing.