HOLMDEL, NJ - Mixed messages on quarantining from NJ Department of Health and CDC resulted in two community letters from Holmdel schools on the topic.

Earlier in the day, some good news was released that modified when someone needs to quarantine. In the community letter, Superintendent Dr. Seitz stated, "We were notified today (Thursday) that the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC have updated their COVID 19 recommendations as of January 19, 2021.  There is a significant change in the protocols for quarantining.  Effective immediately, we will no longer need to quarantine individuals who were in direct contact with an individual who exhibited COVID 19 symptoms." 

Turns out, the NJ DOH and CDC was in error. The revised guidelines were sent out later in the day and Holmdel issued the revision.

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In a follow up letter to the community, Seitz wrote, "A few hours ago, we received a new update from the New Jersey Department of Education (revising these new guidelines from the Health Department), which changes some of the information that we shared with you earlier. The “Revised January 19, 2021 Guidelines” corrects the State's error regarding the quarantine procedures. The chart on page 3 under High Risk clearly shows that individuals that are in direct contact (close contacts) with a person exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms must still quarantine."

As the pandemic approaches one year in March, the changes in guidance are expected to continue. 

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