Ohio School COVID-19 Guidelines

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has released new recommendations for contact tracing and COVID-19 policies for schools.

ODH is scheduled to hold a press conference on the changes and status of COVID-19 in Ohio on Thursday.

This week, ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA, shared a memo with local health departments and K-12 superintendents.

The note presents new recommendations on contact tracing.

“The rapid spread of the Omicron variant and its rapid clinical course have made universal contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification impossible when combined with newly reduced timelines for quarantine and isolation. “, said Vanderhoff.

The new recommendations focus on clusters of cases or outbreaks.

Vanderhoff will likely explain at Thursday’s press conference how this new model would be implemented.

The new recommendations also state that schools will only be required to report case data once a week.

For the first week in a long time, hospital admissions are down across all age groups, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association.

The OHA reports that 5,004 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m.

FOX8.com will broadcast it live.

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