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Seneca County health officials remind residents of CDC’s updated COVID-19 guidelines

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Seneca County General Health District (SCGHD).

Tiffin, Ohio — The CDC has updated its COVID-19 guidelines to testing, isolation and social distancing. The Seneca County General Health District is sharing the recently released guidance with local residents, employers, schools, and community partners to ensure everyone is equipped with the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe.

According to the CDC, changes to the guidelines were impacted by significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic. This is due to high levels of immunity and the availability of tools to reduce COVID-19 severity.

Public health efforts are now aimed to minimize the individual and societal health impacts of COVID-19 by focusing on sustainable measures to further reduce medically significant illness and lessen the strain on the health care system.

“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools—like vaccination, boosters, and treatments—to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,” said Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, CDC Branch Chief of Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. “We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation. This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”

The following are updated guidelines recommended by the CDC:

  • If you are EXPOSED to COVID-19, isolation is not necessary. People are urged to wear a high quality mask for 10 days and get tested after 5 days. Take extra precautions for 10 days around people more likely to get very sick.
  • If you TEST POSITIVE for COVID-19, you should isolate from others for at least five days, regardless of vaccination status. Isolation may end on day 6 if you are symptom-free or if you are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved. If you have ended isolation and your COVID-19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.
  • Testing is no longer recommended for asymptomatic people without known exposures.
  • Physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others. It is important to consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance.

Remember, being up-to-date with vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

The rates of COVID-19–associated hospitalization and death are substantially higher among unvaccinated adults than among those who are up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccination, according to the CDC.

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