Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New COVID isolation rules for New York City public schools have now come into force, bringing children back into the classroom faster.

The Ministry of Education reduced the isolation period for all staff and students in kindergarten and older to only five days, down from 10 days.

Students may return on day 6 as long as they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and are wearing a “well-fitting” mask, which all students and staff are already required to do.

Unvaccinated students who are exposed must now also be quarantined for five days, down from 10.

The changes bring students in line with existing teacher policies and are in line with CDC guidance and state guidance for schools.

The isolation period remains at 10 days for children under 5 years.

The number of cases in the city has dropped dramatically in the last few weeks.

The infection rate is one tenth of what it was a month ago.

There is now also free antiviral medicine for those in danger and the city is delivering the medicine home to those who need it.

“New York is one of the only places in the country where we make this free delivery. One of the only places in the country,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “We want to make sure no one will call it moving around the city, especially for those who have a weakened immune system or are older, we want to bring it to you and we want you to take advantage of this. “

The city already provides vaccines for free at home to those who request them.

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