CASA GRANDE- The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued an emergency measure requiring schools, child care centers, and shelters to report breakouts of COVID-19 to their local health department.
"This emergency measure addresses the serious threat of COVID-19 poses to our communities and allows public health and our schools to work together to keep our kids safe," Dr. Cara Christ, director of ADHS said, in a press release.
The measure will apply to public schools, charter schools, and private schools with students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The measure also applies to childcare centers and shelters.
ADHS and the Arizona Department of Education worked together to develop the Roadmap for Reopening Schools and the Guidance for Safely Returning to Schools .
Schools are encouraged to report an outbreak to their local health department. According to the statement, an outbreak is defined as 2 or more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 14-day period among individuals who are epidemiologically linked.
"This emergency measure gives schools the instructions they need to correctly report cases as we head further into the new academic year," Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said.
According to the statement, the required format and authority for reporting COVID-19 outbreaks to public health within 24 hours of identification.