CDC relaxes COVID restriction advice
Top national health officials say COVID-19 guidelines, many of which were put in place at the start of the pandemic, can be relaxed because the majority of people have some degree of immunity to vaccines or are exposed to the virus. coronavirus in one or more of its variants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people exposed to someone with COVID no longer need to self-quarantine and people no longer need to social distance.
More than two-and-a-half years into the pandemic, the CDC says it has recognized that about 95% of Americans ages 16 and older have at least some sort of immunity to date and that the conditions are vastly different from what they were in the spring of 2020.
Authorities still recommend wearing face masks in areas where community transmission is listed as high or if a person is at high risk due to underlying health conditions, for testing negative for COVID-19.
Currently, the CDC’s latest community transmission map lists Broome and Tioga counties as MEDIUM transmission risk while Chenango, Cortland, Delaware and Tompkins counties are listed LOW. In Pennsylvania, Bradford, Susquehanna and Wayne counties in the Northern Tier are all listed as MEDIUM transmission risk.
The guidelines and recommendations released yesterday also state that the residence test and daily testing of students and school staff may be waived.
There may still be state and even local requirements around COVID-19, which many health officials say are “here to stay,” but can be managed. For example, most healthcare facilities require people to wear masks.
There has been no update on COVID guidelines posted on New York State Department of Health sites.