Ohio Department of Health updates COVID-19 quarantine guidelines

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The Ohio Department of Health reported 26,016 new cases this week. That’s 1,769 fewer cases than at this time last week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second week in a row, COVID-19 cases are down in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health reported 26,016 new cases this week. That’s 1,769 fewer cases than at this time last week.

COVID hospitalizations and intensive care admissions have also remained relatively low.

“It appears that the modest increase in cases recently caused by the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants has peaked or at least leveled off,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the health department of the Ohio.

If you are under 60, healthy and vaccinated, Dr. Vanderhoff said your likelihood of developing serious illness is low.

“We have many people in Ohio who have underlying medical conditions that may be of advanced age who, in fact, are vaccinated, and yet this virus poses certain risks. And for those people, we really strongly recommend looking at the CDC community level map and wearing a substantial mask preferably in 95 or KN95 when they’re going to be in and around people,” he said.

As many students return to class, ODH is no longer recommending the “mask to stay, test to play” guidelines, our guidance for this school year will focus on recommending that students stay home for five days when they are sick and tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Vanderhoff said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines, dropping the recommendation that Americans self-quarantine if they come into close contact with an infected person. Under the new guidelines, people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

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