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Ohio schools no longer required to conduct COVID-19 contract tracing

Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 10:56 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Health announced on Thursday that kindergarten through 12th-grade schools across the state are no longer required to conduct contract tracing and report daily COVID-19 case totals.

Because of how rapidly the omicron variant spreads, the Ohio Department of Health said it has become too impractical to conduct practices like contract tracing.

The director for the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, held a weekly briefing on Thursday morning to give an update on COVID-19.

Dr. Vanderhoff was joined for remarks by vice president of quality and patient safety at ProMedica, Brian Kaminski, DO, as well as Mercy Health’s chief clinical officer Dr. Stephen Feagins.

Ohio’s schools are now only required to report cases weekly.

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