CDC Contact Tracing Guidelines Unchanged

CDC Contact Tracing Guidelines Unchanged
Posted on 03/23/2021
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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its school guidance for physical distancing in classrooms. In many cases, the CDC’s revised recommendations suggest three (3) feet or more of physical distancing in classrooms, with certain exceptions when six (6) feet is recommended. 


The CDC’s contact tracing guidance has not changed. Therefore, the definition of a close contact remains any individual within 6 feet of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. The definition of a close contact applies regardless of whether either person was wearing a mask.


The CDC also writes, “For schools that use less than 6 feet between students in classrooms, the definition of close contacts should not change. Students sitting less than 6 feet next to another student or person diagnosed with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more should quarantine at home and be referred for testing.”


The South Park School District has confirmed with the Allegheny County Health Department that six (6) feet distance is still to be used when contact tracing a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case in our schools.


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