COVID Information

Positive COVID-19 tests + Reminders

January 21, 2022 – UPDATES

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms below, regardless of their vaccination status, they MUST stay home or be tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. Please contact the school office via telephone before 8:30 am to notify us that your child will not be attending. If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child to be tested, you may contact the Galena Middle school at 815-777-2413. Our rapid testing program is free for all students and staff of Galena.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child receives a positive COVID-19 test outside of our rapid testing program OR has been exposed to another individual that tested positive for COVID-19, please contact me as soon as possible. I will then communicate the next steps for your child, as well as their return date to in-person learning.

On January 6, 2022, the CDC released new Isolation and Quarantine Guidance specific for K-12 Schools. The following represents CDC’s new recommendations:

  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or 5 days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present.
  • Unvaccinated household members of a positive case have a 10-day quarantine if they cannot completely isolate from the positive household member. If they test positive during the 10 day quarantine period, they must quarantine for 5 days from the positive test.
  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving can be released from isolation after 5 days. To calculate the 5- day isolation period, day 0 is the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic. If they continue to have a fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.
  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 should continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for 5 additional days after release from isolation. If unable to wear a mask when around others, the case should continue to isolate for a

total of 10 days.

  • Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.
  • If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test.

CDC Recommended Quarantine Period for Close Contacts to Someone with COVID-19:

StatusQuarantine Period
Ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people. Ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. Confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).Quarantine not required   Wear a mask around others for 10 days If a person develops symptoms, they should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19
Ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible. Received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot. Unvaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.Stay home and mask around others for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days If a person develops symptoms, they should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

The COVID-19 exclusion guidance is decided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Illinois State Board of Education. These guidelines are subject to change. Revised on January 6th, 2022.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Locations In/Near Jo Daviess County

CVS Pharmacy

Hartig Drug all store locations including Galena and Stockton


Jo Daviess County Health Department at Midwest Medical Center

Medical Associates –



JoDaviess County COVID Information