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Reynolds and IDPH make school quarantine rec. that differs from CDC's

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
Posted at 11:01 AM, Sep 29, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa. (KMTV) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled new guidance to schools in the state that directly conflict with recommendations from the Federal Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC recommends quarantining for anyone who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even if the person was wearing a face mask.

The state of Iowa is recommending that those who were wearing masks don’t need to quarantine, but should self-monitor and report any changes in their health.

The recommendation is not mandatory at this time and districts will still have the final say on their quarantine procedures, Reynolds said.

When asked about a recent increase in outbreaks among long-term care facilities in the state, Reynolds said more testing is being done and only three residents have to test positive for a facility to enter outbreak status. While the statistic may seem alarming, Reynolds said they are not seeing as many positive cases at locations in outbreak status.