Guidance for Identifying Close Contacts of Positive Cases

Note-Changes for the 2021-2022 School Year: ECHD follows CDC, NYS Education Department, and NYSDOH guidance for identifying close contacts of positive cases. In general, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. In the P-12 indoor classroom setting, the CDC specifies that students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks are not considered close contacts and do not need to quarantine. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals are not considered close contacts and are not subject to quarantine, unless they are symptomatic.


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