New Jersey students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has the virus can return to classrooms sooner under new guidelines that cut the required quarantine period to five days .
New guidelines, consistent with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, say students who test positive for the virus or who have symptoms should stay home for at least five full days from the date of testing or the date of symptom onset. Count as zero days.
If there are no symptoms or improvement in symptoms on Day 6, students may return to class, but will wear a mask for an additional 5 days and will only participate in extracurricular activities that allow them to wear the mask “consistently and correctly.” must be restricted.
“Students are benefiting from in-person learning and we know that safely continuing in-person instruction remains a priority,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persicily said in a written statement. Our recommendations will help local health departments and schools manage COVID-19 cases, student and staff exposures, and deliver healthy outcomes for all.”
The state also recommends that people who have been exposed to an infected individual, but who are not sick or test positive themselves, quarantine for a full five days and continue wearing a mask for an additional five days. Adults and children aged 5-17 who have been in contact with an infected person do not need to be quarantined if they are vaccinated and asymptomatic.
The new guidelines follow the CDC’s revised guidelines. The CDC cut its previous 10-day quarantine recommendation in half in December, despite a surge in infections across the country, largely due to the highly contagious Omicron strain. Officials justify their decision by pointing to data that suggests the coronavirus is most contagious in the early stages of infection.
“These updated recommendations will also promote the social and well-being needs of individuals, their return to work, and the maintenance of critical infrastructure,” the CDC posted on its website.
Nonetheless, outside medical experts have criticized the CDC’s new guidelines, which specifically allow people to leave quarantine after five days without being tested to see if they are infectious. For.
As of Wednesday, more than 62,500,000 people in the United States have COVID-19, according to CDC data. The country has averaged more than 400,000 new infections a day since January 1, and he has died more than 840,000 since the pandemic began.
Health experts say vaccination remains the best defense against the virus.