TCHD Evaluates New State Guidelines for Schools

by: Scott McCaulley (From Story written by David Chasanov, Ozarks First)

The Taney County Health Department is among Health Departments around the state in looking at the new Quarantine Guidelines issued by the State of Missouri and Governor Mike Parson with regards to K-12 Schools.

The recommendation says if two people come in contact with each other while one is positive for the virus, the other person shouldn’t be required to quarantine if both people were properly wearing masks.

Ozarks First reporter David Chasanov received the following statement from the Taney County Health Department in regards to the new guidelines:

“Taney County school districts, in conjunction with the Taney County Health Department, are closely reviewing Governor Parson’s announcement on modification to quarantine students/staff who are appropriately masked in K-12 classrooms. A decision will be made next week as to potential changes, if any, made to existing quarantine practices. Current protocols will remain in place until the review is complete.”

The current protocols say if you have been within six feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, you are required to quarantine for two weeks.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is also meeting with their county school districts to review the new information and make adjustments if needed.

The full feature story from reporter David Chasanov can be found on the Ozarks First Website.






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