The Governor of VA has now aligned the state with the CDC recommendations regarding masks. Below are some of the highlights and you can find complete guidance here:
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen)±; there is currently no post-vaccination time limit on fully vaccinated status. Unvaccinated people refers to individuals of all ages, including children, that have not completed a vaccination series or received a single-dose vaccine.
Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People
- Indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.
- Fully vaccinated people have a reduced risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to unvaccinated people.
- Fully vaccinated people should still get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Fully vaccinated people should not visit private or public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
Recommendations for Indoor and Outdoor Settings
Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms
Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.
Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.
How does this effect the school’s policies?
- We will continue to require masks at all times while in Clinic working with clients AND for students working with/on models.
- We will continue to require masks for visitors, except during active treatment time.
- We will require masks inside all building common areas and hallways, including the elevator and restrooms.
- We will continue monitoring symptoms, checking temperatures and requiring the completion of a COVID-19 Screening Form for all visitors/clients on-campus.
Esthetic Institute and other educational institutions in the Virginia region are closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”). As this is an evolving situation, we want to keep our students, and community members aware of informational and health resources available to them. The CDC and local health departments deem the risk to the American public to be low; however, there are precautions we can take to prevent the spread of the disease at home, at work or at Esthetic Institute.
We have implemented all the necessary sanitation measures and guidelines recommended by state and federal officials to protect our community. As part of those measures, we will be requesting visitors who have traveled (or their household/immediate contacts) within the last 21 days internationally or to affected areas and those with any recent symptoms experienced that could be related to the cold/flu and ultimately COVID-19, to refrain from visiting the school at this time.
We cannot emphasize enough, that we ALL must ADHERE to the infection control protocols in place out of respect to your own health and the well-being of others.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, ‘Common coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, like the common cold. Public health officials are still learning about 2019-CoV and how it affects people. Some people who have become ill with 2019-CoV have had mild symptoms. Others have had more severe illnesses, including the potential of death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing, and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should visit a doctor immediately.
For more information from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below:
- VDH – Fact Sheet for Coronaviruses
- CDC – 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ
- CDS – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- World Health Organization – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
We urge Clients, faculty, staff, and students who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider this travel. If you do travel, we ask you to plan for the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning to the school and Northern Virginia communities.
Protect Yourself and Others from Getting Sick
To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19 :
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand (60% +) sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Avoid events and large gatherings