Brad Underwood, WKRC |
Students exposed to COVID-positive classmates no longer have to quarantine as long as they were wearing a mask when exposure took place.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement last week about quarantining students. The move was praised by superintendents and health experts, noting kids need to be in school. “If you do the right thing in schools, what we found is that there’s been very little spread,” said Princeton Superintendent Tom Burton.
Burton says he has weekly calls with other superintendents and the county health department about the virus. Later this week, Burton expects the variant will be a topic of conversation.
“If it’s more transmittable, it just puts more focus on the public health measures,” said the Medical Director of Hamilton County Dr. Steve Feagins. Dr. Feagins says if high transmission rates are seen in Ohio, they’ll do genetic testing for the new strain.
However, he believes schools likely won’t change the course if spread occurs. “You are definitely safer in school than not — wearing a mask, doing what you’re supposed to do. I don’t think this changes that,” said Dr. Feagins.