Frequently Asked Questions: Positive COVID Test
Q: What should you do if you are newly diagnosed as COVID-19 positive?
A: Dr. Aaron Glatt: “It is critically important for a newly diagnosed COVID-19 patient to seek medical attention with a knowledgeable physician who can promptly examine and evaluate you. There are potential therapeutic options such as monoclonal antibody infusions or injections that MIGHT be appropriate, as well as other treatments pending FDA authorization. Plus, there may be warning signs of impending severity of illness that may not be obvious, and follow-up assessment of oxygenation status (how well you are breathing) is very important, especially for people at higher risk.
In addition, family members who are exposed should be evaluated regarding COVID-19 testing and whether they need to quarantine.”
Frequently Asked Questions: Returning to Shul
Q: I tested positive for COVID – when can I come back to shul?
A: You may return to shul after 10 days have elapsed from the onset of symptoms.
Q: What if I tested positive but never had any symptoms – when can I return to shul?
A: If you remain asymptomatic, you may return after 10 days have elapsed from the positive test. If you become symptomatic during this time, your “clock resets” and you should not return to shul until after 10 days have elapsed from the onset of symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions: Exposure to COVID
Q: I was exposed to someone with active COVID disease (i.e. a family member had an active case of COVID and I was exposed to him/her before or after it was detected). Am I allowed to attend shul?
A: If you become symptomatic, follow the guidelines above.
If you are fully vaccinated and remain asymptomatic, you may attend shul. Recommended: get tested 3-5 days after the last exposure and remain masked indoors for 14 days or until you have a negative test.
If you are not fully vaccinated, even if you remain asymptomatic you may not attend shul until 14 days have elapsed from the last day of exposure.
Q: How is the last day of exposure calculated?
A: Someone with active COVID disease is considered to be potentially shedding virus for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. Therefore, if you are not vaccinated and live with someone with active COVID disease, you cannot start counting the 14 days until after 10 days have elapsed from the onset of symptoms.