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DHEC updates quarantine guidance for teachers

The state health department is updating its guidance for teachers and school staff that have...
The state health department is updating its guidance for teachers and school staff that have been exposed to COVID-19.(Drew Aunkst)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 7:18 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2022 at 11:29 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - The state health department is updating its guidance for teachers and school staff that have been exposed to COVID-19.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Sunday said the new guidelines are for teachers and other school staff that have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms during a “crisis staffing condition.”

“School teachers and staff who are not maximally (up to date) vaccinated and who have been exposed to COVID-19 but have no symptoms do not need to quarantine, as long as they have a negative test on day 5 after their exposure and wear a mask for 10 days after exposure,” DHEC said in a release.

Health officials said the change was made to help with school staffing shortages in communities with significant outbreaks.

DHEC said the change will allow the continuation of in-person learning in schools that would otherwise need to close due to staffing shortages.

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