The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Texas is rising. Therefore, Child Care Regulation is reminding residential providers of the reporting requirements when a child, employee, foster parent, or household members test positive for COVID-19.
When a child in care or an adult who has had contact with a child in care tests positive for COVID-19, you must report to:
- Child Care Regulation by the Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline (800-252-5400) and the emergency response survey
- The child’s parents or DFPS, if the child is in the conservatorship of DFPS, by emailing DFPS COVID-19 Test Reporting
- The Department of State Health Services
Reporting Requirements in Minimum Standards
Residential providers must notify:
- CCR and the parent when a child in your care contracts a communicable disease, including COVID-19 per 26 TAC §748.303(a)(10) and §749.503(a)(10). Notification must occur as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after you become aware. You must also notify the parent when a child has been exposed to a communicable disease.
- CCR and the parent when an adult who has had contact with a child in your care contracts a communicable disease per 26 TAC §748.303(d)(3) and §749.503(d)(3) requires. The notification must occur as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after you become aware.
- The Department of State Health Services Per 26 TAC §748.1581 and §749.1415 once you are aware that a person in your care, a person who resides at your operation or foster home, an employee, a contract service provider, or a volunteer has contracted a communicable disease. These minimum standards also outline other precautions to take when a person contracts a communicable disease.