Union County Public Health and UCPS agree to contact tracing policy

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As part of the agreement, the county health department and the school district will share responsibility for contact tracing.

UNION COUNTY, NC – The Union County Public Health Department and Union County Public Schools have reached an agreement on how to identify and exclude students and staff with COVID-19 as well than to identify close contacts in response.

The agreement came Wednesday afternoon, just days after the school district and county health director exchanged letters regarding COVID-19 protocols.

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As part of the agreement, the county health department and the school district will share responsibility for contact tracing: the district will provide “sufficient” information about likely close contacts of positive cases in the classroom to the department of Health, which will then provide isolation and quarantine information to students and staff.

The school district will consider someone a “reasonably likely” close contact if they were seated within six feet of a COVID-positive person. The county will have the final say on which students and staff must quarantine.

The county will also provide the district with a list of individuals identified for isolation or quarantine who should be excluded from district facilities. From there, the school district will ensure that quarantined individuals do not enter district facilities.


The county has agreed to notify UCPS of all positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff when the county receives confirmation of a case from a source other than the district, and the district has agreed to d Notify the county when confirming cases from a source other than the county.

Union County Executive Mark Watson and UCPS Superintendent Andrew Houlihan signed the Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines shared responsibilities for contact tracing and notification of students and staff affected by COVID-19 .

“We share a unified goal to protect Union County students, families and the broader community and look forward to our work together,” Union County and UCPS said in a joint news release.

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