HMC official explains the procedure when dealing with a Covid positive case in School

HMC’s Infection Control Department Director, Dr Jameela al-Ajmi, has said that authorities are monitoring the situation in schools where certain procedures and protocols are to be followed in case of any suspected cases of Covid-19. She is a senior consultant for infectious diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

School administrations would measure the number of persons exposed to the diseased person, whether they are pupils or workers, she told Qatar TV recently.

“At the same time, parents will be informed about the existence of the infected case and the procedures carried out by the school while maintaining privacy. The rapid testing protocol is applied to them weekly, and they are prevented from entering school until the result of the examination is negative, and they must also be examined daily to ensure that there is no high temperature or symptoms of Covid-19,” she said.

The quarantine of vaccinated persons and those who have been infected in the last three months but do not now display symptoms of Covid-19 is lifted if they come into contact with a positive case. According to Dr. al-Ajmi, they must undertake an RT-PCR test on the third day after coming into touch with a positive patient.

A 14-day quarantine will be imposed on those who have not yet received the vaccine for any reason, and an RT-PCR test will be performed immediately after contact and on the seventh day. There will also be ongoing monitoring by the Ministry of Public Health, she noted. It was also revealed that 94% of teaching and administrative personnel in schools have gotten the Covid-19 vaccine.

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