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IDPH adopts CDC rules, shortens isolation time for schools

by WFCN News
by WFCN News

1/11/2022 | 4:45 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has adopted new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to apply in Illinois classrooms.

On Tuesday, IDPH announced the guidelines would now apply in all Illinois public school classrooms.

Most notably, the announcement would shorten isolation times for students, along with staff members.

• Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, are required to isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or 5 days from specimen collection if no symptoms are present.

• Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, or their symptoms are resolving, can be released from isolation after 5 days.

• If fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, the individual should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.

For the following groups, quarantine is not required when coming in close contact to someone with COVID-19:

• For those ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional shots for immunocompromised people.

• For those ages 5-17 years and have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

• For those who have confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days, using a viral test.

For the following groups, a 5-day quarantine is required when coming in close contact with someone with COVID-19:

• For those ages 18 or older and have received the primary vaccine doses, but have not received a recommended booster shot

• For those who are unvaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

IDPH is also urging students and staff to continue complying with mask requirements in Illinois schools as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

The changes take effect immediately.

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