DCPS parent says she was contacted ten days after her daughter’s exposure to COVID-19

DCPS parent says she was contacted ten days after her daughter’s exposure to COVID-19
DCPS Contact tracing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One DCPS mother tells Action News Jax ten days went by before she was told her daughter had been exposed to a student who was infected with COVID-19.

The Department of Health says if a student gets a rapid test, the results are done on-site and not sent to a lab, so the patient will know their results prior to them being reported to the Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control has three criteria for contact tracing: If your child has come within six feet of a person who tested positive, if your child has been around someone who tested positive for more than 15 minutes, and if masks were not worn.

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We have reached out to DCPS and they gave us this statement, “Contact tracing and epidemiological studies are the purview of the Department of Health (DOH). We support the process by informing the department as soon as someone reports to us that they are positive. If the DOH needs to conduct contact tracing at the school, we support them with access to seating charts and other documentation they may request. We also assist with getting the communication to people who need to quarantine. The process, the dates, and the directions are all driven by the DOH.”