Ohio – In response to the rapid spread of the Omicron Variant, the Ohio Department of Health said in a press statement on Wednesday that it is modifying its contact tracking strategy.
As stated in the press release, the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has made widespread contact tracing, case investigation, and exposure notification problematic, particularly in light of the short time frames for quarantine and isolation.
As a result, it is advised that local health departments adopt an outbreak model for contact tracing, concentrating on people who are in high-risk environments such as nursing homes, shelters, and correctional facilities.
Additionally, schools are no longer required to provide universal contact training, but they must help local health departments in the event of an epidemic and maintain a “Mask to Stay, Test to Play” policy, according to the Office of Disease Control. Schools may now report instances on a weekly basis, rather than on a daily basis, as opposed to before.
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