COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the state previously followed the CDC recommendation that any close contacts of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days, Gov. Mike DeWine issued new guidance when it comes to students.
DeWine said that the state is no longer recommending that K-12 students quarantine after being exposed to another student in the classroom who tests positive for COVID-19, so long as the students were wearing masks and were only in the classroom with the positive student.
The recommendation does not include athletes or other students that participate in after-school activities.
According to university studies, there has been no discernible difference in the incidence rate among students who were and were not exposed to COVID-19 in a classroom setting, according to Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the Chief Medical Officer with the Ohio Department of Health. Both groups hovered around a 3% infection rate.
Earlier this year, we pledged to look at the rate of COVID transmission in schools. Prelim results from Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team found if students in class are masked/distanced, they did not have an increased risk of catching the virus from a nearby positive student. pic.twitter.com/zjVNo7MwiX— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) December 30, 2020
DeWine said that the new recommendation should allow more students to be able to return to the classroom full-time.
Last week, the governor announced plans to vaccinate all adults that work in a school setting, including teachers, bus drivers and custodians.
His goal is for students to be able to return to in-person education by March 1.
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