close contacts in Primary and Infant will not quarantine

The Infant and Primary Education students who have been in close contact with a positive for COVID-19 they will not have to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status, according to the Action Protocol in the event of the appearance of cases in educational centers of the Community of Madrid, which the Ministry of Education has sent this Wednesday to all schools in the region.

With this, the Community of Madrid separates itself, with respect to this age group in particular, from the other autonomous communities, although it maintains quarantines for students over 12 years old who have been contacted by a positive, who they will quarantine for the seven days after the last encounter with the confirmed case.

Thus, he recalled that close contact is considered to be those belonging to a group of stable coexistence or students, teachers or other workers of an educational center who have been less than two meters away for more than 15 minutes without wearing the mask up and in a closed place.

Handling of possible positive cases

In an annex addressed to families, it is indicated that if the student who has been considered close contact “can continue to go to the center and carry out the usual activities, taking precautionary measures and monitoring the appearance of symptoms.” These symptom they are fever, cough or shortness of breath or others such as alteration of taste, smell, muscle aches, diarrhea, chest pain or headache.

The instructions that have been sent to the colleges and institutes of the region also include how they should act in a possible positive case. Before a person who develops symptoms of COVID-19 in the educational centers, a surgical mask will be placed, they will be taken to a separate space and the Covid coordinator will be contacted.

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The companion of the suspected case will have to wear an FFP2 mask, as well as a face shield and a disposable gown if the person with symptoms does not wear a mask because they are under six years of age or have respiratory problems.

In the case of students they will contact their families to come pick you up and call your primary care center. The workers of the center with symptoms will have to go home and contact the corresponding health center by phone.

The Ministry of Health has adapted its Strategy to give priority to prevention and control actions of transmission in the current scenario, marked by the predominant omicron variant, “more infective, but with milder symptoms and with a better clinical prognosis, and having achieved in the region a vaccination coverage of almost 92% with a complete schedule in the target population over 12 years old “.

The Government criticizes Madrid: “It does not conform to institutional loyalty”

The Minister of Territorial Policy and Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, has reproached the Community of Madrid for having changed the criteria quarantines in the educational field, when this Tuesday no change regarding this issue was agreed between the Government and the autonomous communities.

“The Community of Madrid does not conform to institutional loyalty when there is a multilateral forum in which joint decisions are adopted to give a country response to circumstances like these, “said Rodríguez. During the joint meeting on Tuesday, it was decided to maintain the general quarantines that are applied in the educational field for the entire population when it tests positive, that is, seven days, and that vaccinated close contacts were exempt from doing it.

“Let’s all go together, as we have done so far”, stressed Rodríguez, who assures that “being together” and “united” has been precisely the “great strength” of the country to give a joint response to the pandemic.

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