Please start by reviewing the CDC's latest guidance on isolation and self quarantine.

If you have questions after reviewing the childcare toolkit, please use the question form at the bottom of the page.

Positive Cases


If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

  • Follow the most recent CDC guidelines for isolation: CDC Quarantine and Isolation

In the event of a positive case:

  • Confirm the positive case by requesting proof of the lab or doctor's note.
  • Starting two days prior to symptom onset (or two days prior to test collection if individual was asymptomatic) begin contact tracing.
  • Exclude individuals that meet the close contact definition listed in the CDC Quarantine and Isolation guidelines.
  • Excluded individuals should follow the guidelines list in the close contact section.
  • Feel free to provide the fact sheets from the resources section below.

Please note: RCPH highly encourages that employees/families report their positive results to their childcare center. Due to recent changes in disease investigation and contact tracing protocols, RCPH may not receive all reports of exposures at childcare centers. RCPH will continue to work with childcare centers as needed or requested.


Close Contacts


If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine):

Next steps:

  • Staff can make "exclusion" calls for those who can't return to the facility tomorrow.
  • Talking points for your calls:
    • There was an exposure at our facility and we will be closing the room/excluding contacts.
    • Your child is excluded from the center until _____.
    • Please monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms arise.
    • Please notify the center if your child develops symptoms or tests positive.
  • Remind staff and families to monitor for symptoms, stay home when sick, and practice social distancing.
  • Encourage staff to get vaccinated to help limit spread in the center and avoid staff exclusions and classroom closures.
  • Consider temporary classroom or center closures limited to the smallest affected unit, additional cleaning, and continue screening.
  • IMPORTANT: Please do not provide any details about the positive case or the close contacts (including staff/student, dates, or any other details).




Created by Racine County Public Health Division

Updated 01.2022