COLUMBUS, Ohhio — Students who are exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom will no longer be required to quarantine, so long as those students were wearing masks and adhering to other public health guidelines, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday.
Ohio is breaking with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to allow more flexibility for students and teachers who have been pulled out of the classroom for weeks at a time after an Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team found that students who were in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the classroom were no more likely to contract the disease than those who were farther away.
The revised quarantine guidelines will not apply to students who are exposed to COVID-19 outside the classroom, including extracurricular activities.
DeWine also extended Ohio’s curfew for another three weeks, citing the continued high rate of daily coronavirus cases that plateaued in recent weeks.
The curfew will remain in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through January 23.