Sector Specific Guidance

Updated Guidance for Childcare, Preschools, and Schools

On March 1, 2024, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted streamlined recommendations for dealing with common respiratory viruses and the illnesses they cause, including COVID-19. As a part of this guidance, CDC and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) continue to recommend core prevention strategies such as staying up to date on vaccinations, practicing good hygiene, taking steps for cleaner air, and staying home when sick.

In community settings, persons may return to normal activities if symptoms have improved for 24 hours AND, if a fever was present, at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. Persons resuming normal activities should continue precautions for the next 5 days to help reduce transmission, including:

    • Ensure good respiratory and hand hygiene.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask when around other people, if able. Avoid crowded settings.
    • Consider taking an antigen test. A positive test typically indicates that a person can spread the virus to others. This information could help inform individual decisions about activities (e.g. potential risk when protecting people at increased risk of severe illness).


This updated guidance does not apply to healthcare settings.

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