DC ‘closely’ reviews new CDC guidelines

As coronavirus cases rise in the United States, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that city health officials are “reviewing” the renewed COCID-19 guidance from the CDC. The CDC now recommends a shorter quarantine period.

A man is being tested for COVID-19 at a test site in Washington, DC, on December 29, 2021.

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People will be tested for COVID-19 at a test site in Washington, DC, on December 29, 2021.

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People will be tested for COVID-19 at a test site in Washington, DC, on December 29, 2021.

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People are queuing up to be tested for COVID-19 at a test site in Washington, DC, on December 29, 2021.

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that city health officials are “closely” reviewing renewed COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monday’s new CDC guide reduces isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who get coronavirus from 10 to five days and similarly shortens the time that close contacts need for quarantine.



Bowser was asked if the district would change its guidelines to suit the CDCs on CNN’s “New Day” show.

“I know our DC health authorities are reviewing them closely. We have typically followed the CDC guidelines and issued our own DC Health guidelines. We have not issued the new guidelines yet, but we are following it closely,” Bowser said.

“We think it’s very important that we give the public some easy to follow recommendations so they can keep themselves and their families safe. So confusion with CDC and DC Health, we do not think supports public health. So we look very closely at and we will update our guide accordingly. “

And while COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the DC region, hospital admissions in the city remain stable. Bowser credited coronavirus vaccinations. Nationwide, the number of new coronavirus cases has risen to the highest level ever by more than 265,000 a day.

“Our experience at our hospitals has been extremely good,” Bowser said, adding that DC hospitals can “withstand the new cases.”

“And the reason we’re in this position this year, and not like we were last year, is because of vaccination. We need to continue to focus on vaccination as our first line of defense, to get people boosted. And a big ‘thank you’ to all our nurses and doctors who run our hospitals and our residents who only use the hospital when they need it. ”

The mayor said there has been an increase in the number of children in the hospital over the past two weeks, but “it is still a relatively low number and well within their capacity.”

Bowser also said students and staff at DC Public Schools who had to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to classrooms could become more regular after breaks.

“We reckon we can use it in future breaks,” the mayor said. “We have another winter holiday in February, and of course we have a break for spring.”

DC Health data is available online.



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