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CDC GUIDANCE UPDATES

 

On March 22, CDC posted COVID-19 information specific to children including:  

 

• Tips for parents during school dismissal,  

• Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs, and  

• Updated FAQs related to children and COVID-19

 

• On March 22, CDC posted Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living to help them plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.  

 

• On March 19, CDC updated technical guidance and consumer information about cleaning and disinfecting your home when someone is sick.  

 

• On March 17, updates were made to CDC guidance on alternate non-95 PPE guidance: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: Crisis/Alternate Strategies.

 

• CDC is reviewing and updating travel notices almost on a daily basis.

---As of March 23, CDC has issued 9 additional Level 3 Travel notices for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Thailand, and Turkey.  

---On March 19, the U.S. State Department posted a Level 4 Global Health Advisory, warning travelers Do Not Travel.  

---On March 19, CDC posted after-travel precautions for Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States.  

---On March 18, CDC posted a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for Malaysia. Malaysia is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19.

---U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland or any one of 26 European countries within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.

---CDC also has a Global Level 2 Travel Health Notice recommending older adults and those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel.

---On March 17, CDC posted a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Cruise Ship Travel, recommending travelers defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.

---On March 21, CDC posted additional guidance for travelers returning from cruise ships.  

 

• CDC updated its guidance for specimen collection for testing for COVID-19 to collect a single upper respiratory nasopharyngeal swab (NP) instead of an NP and oropharyngeal swab (OP).  

 

• CDC also posted new guidance on when people who have had COVID-19 and have been isolating at home can discontinue isolating in Discontinuation of Home Isolation for Persons with COVID19.  

 

• Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue home isolation if:

 

• At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery—defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,

 

• At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. • CDC posted Guidance for child care settings, including a decision tree on when schools should close.