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The Health Board details the obligation to self-isolate which is applicable to schoolchildren, while also providing further details about the information in a text message which is sent to close contacts

The Health Board has been contacted by an increasing number of individuals who have received text messages to notify them that they are required to self-isolate, even though they have had COVID-19 or are fully vaccinated. The number of enquiries has also grown from the parents or guardians of children who have been notified that they are now subject to the simplified home quarantine procedures which apply to schoolchildren or children who are attending childcare institutions. The Health Board can confirm that the messages are being sent to all close contacts, even if the recipients are subject to exceptions from the need to self-isolate.

As of today, the Health Board will update the contents of the text message which is being sent to close contacts in the northern Estonian region. It will also separately highlight cases in which the individual concerned is subject to exceptions or exemptions in regard to the requirement to self-isolate. If an individual finds that the requirement to self-isolate is not applicable to them, they should contact the Health Board. It is not necessary to separately notify the Health Board of the obligation to carry out the simplified form of quarantine which is applicable to schoolchildren.

If a positive COVID-19 case has been found at a kindergarten or in a school, anyone who has come into close contact with this person should keep in mind the following requirements:

  • if the pupil or child is under the age of twelve, they may continue to attend their general education school, kindergarten, or childcare facility without further testing;
  • if the pupil is aged between twelve and eighteen and has had COVID-19 within the past six months or is fully vaccinated, they are not required to quarantine or get tested for coronavirus;
  • if the pupil is aged between twelve and eighteen but has not yet been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and had not had the virus, they may only continue to attend school if their rapid test result which is taken at the educational institution comes back with a negative result and they exhibit no symptoms of the virus. After 72 hours, they must also take the PCR test and the test results from this must be negative. In the event that they do develop any symptoms, the child must stay at home;
  • the simplified quarantine procedure is applied to any children and young people up to the age of eighteen (as well as those pupils who will be turning nineteen during the 2021/2022 academic year), and who have come into close contact with an infected individual at school or at a childcare institution.

It is very important to understand that children who are subject to the ten-day simplified quarantine period may only attend their kindergarten or childcare facility, general education school, or vocational educational institution. They may not visit cinemas, cafés, theatres, or any events. They are also not permitted to take part in hobby group activities.

‘The principle of simplified quarantine allows us to keep schools open. In this regard, it should be stressed that a pupil who is deemed to be a close contact is not exempted from the obligation to self-isolate. They may only travel from home in order to attend school and then return home. The purpose of this is to minimise any contact with others. If we allowed those children who have come into close contact with infected individuals to take part in all extracurricular activities, such contact would not be restricted to one class but would involve scores of additional people who may get infected in the cinema, at hobby group gatherings, or elsewhere,’ explained Hanna Sepp, head of the Health Board’s Department of Communicable Diseases.

The principle of simplified quarantine only applies to unvaccinated pupils who have not had COVID-19 if they have come into close contact with an infected individual at school. If a pupil who is not fully vaccinated has come into close contact outside of their general education institution or vocational educational institution, they must undergo the ordinary quarantine procedure irrespective of their age. Those pupils who refuse to be tested for coronavirus must also undergo the ordinary quarantine process.

If the pupil’s rapid antigen test result or PCR test result is positive, the family physician must be contacted, and the pupil must stay at home. The simplified quarantine procedure no longer applies in this case. The child or their parent or guardian must notify the school of the confirmed infection as soon as possible to allow the school to map out close contacts of the infected individual. The Health Board will also contact both the infected individual and the school and will provide instructions regarding how to further proceed.

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