CMS no longer conducts contact tracing; other COVID-19 protocols to change – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools will no longer conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts of individuals known to have tested positive for COVID-19 starting Monday.

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Quarantine or exclusion from school will only apply to students and staff who test positive, and they must quarantine for at least five days with declining symptoms before returning to school or at work, district officials said in a news release.

Close contacts or people potentially exposed to the virus do not have to self-quarantine, even if exposed to someone in their home who has tested positive.

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CMS will notify families and staff of possible exposures. Clusters will also be flagged. However, data regarding quarantines and close contacts will no longer be shared.

The district will continue to offer COVID-19 testing.

Indoor mask mandates in schools remain in effect. The school board plans to discuss the policy at a board meeting on Tuesday.

Gov. Roy Cooper made an announcement this week recommending schools and local governments move to a mask-optional policy by March 7.

Principals and staff are encouraged to prepare for the likelihood that masks will soon become optional for students, staff and visitors.

“We remain committed to the safety of our students, staff and community,” district officials said. “Remember to stay home if you or your student are sick or have symptoms. Get vaccinated if you are eligible, wear a mask and get tested if you have symptoms. Free tests are available for students and school staff. Interested families should contact their schools to find out how to register for the tests.

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