Ontario health officials assess new CDC guidelines on shortened COVID isolation
Ontario health officials are reviewing new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reducing isolation and quarantine times for COVID-19.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore was scheduled to hold a media availability Tuesday afternoon to provide an update on contact tracing and COVID-19 testing in the province, but its update has been postponed.
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“In light of the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reducing the recommended isolation and quarantine period, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Ontario are weighing these guidelines against the evidence. specific to Ontario, ”said statement from Carly Luis, Director of Communications for Health Minister Christine Elliott, said.
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Moore will now provide an update later this week.
U.S. health officials on Monday reduced isolation restrictions for Americans who catch COVID-19 from 10 days to five days if they are no longer showing symptoms, and also shortened the time it takes to quarantine close contacts .
CDC officials said the guidelines are in line with growing evidence that people with coronavirus are most contagious in the two days before and three days after symptoms appear.
– With files from The Associated Press
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