Asymptomatic Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday an emergency order allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they're exposed to COVID-19, provided they're asymptomatic.
- The CDC recommends unvaccinated students quarantine for 14 days. This period can be shortened to seven days if they test negative, per the CDC.
Of note: The order from State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, who was appointed Tuesday, also strengthen's the state's prohibition against school mask mandates.
- This prompted a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the old rule that had been filed by five Florida school districts, per the Washington Post.
What they're saying: "Quarantining healthy students is incredibly damaging for their educational advancement," the Republican governor said at a news conference in Kissimmee on Wednesday. "It's also disruptive for families. We are going to be following a symptoms-based approach."
- Corcoran noted in a statement that he and DeSantis "share a similar vision of weighing the costs and benefits of public health policies."
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