DHEC updates quarantine guidance for teachers
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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