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Students exposed to COVID-positive student in classroom no longer need to quarantine, Gov. DeWine says

State guidance breaks with CDC recommendations
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Posted at 3:42 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 15:42:24-05

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.

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.

RELATED: Ohioans over 65, school staff will be included in next round of vaccinations, Gov. DeWine says

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