CDC Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Childcare: What are Changes?
CDC Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Childcare: What are Changes?

What are changes and Key Points of CDC’s Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19?

Reasons to Update: The updated guidance comes as some states begin to reopen and relax COVID-19 restrictions, including lifting masks mandates.

Key Points:

According to the guidance, anyone aged 2 years and older should wear a mask when around people who do not live in the same household, except when eating or sleeping.

The guidance also calls vaccines "an important tool" to help stop the pandemic.

  • "Masks should still be worn in addition to physical distancing," the CDC emphasized.
  • Child care staff should also "teach and reinforce the consistent and correct use of masks for all staff and children aged 2 years and older."
  • The guidance notes that "even after child care providers and staff are vaccinated, there will be a need to continue prevention measures for the foreseeable future including wearing masks, physical distancing, and other important prevention strategies outlined in this guidance document."

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services directed Covid-19 vaccine providers to make vaccine doses available to education and childcare workers.

The childcare guidance, updated on the CDC's website on Friday, notes that "even after childcare providers and staff are vaccinated, there will be a need to continue prevention measures for the foreseeable future, including wearing masks, physical distancing and other important prevention strategies outlined in this guidance document."

What CDC saying:

"Early last year, CDC released initial guidance for childcare programs during COVID-19. As we learn more about the virus, CDC experts updated that guidance several times throughout 2020," CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing on Friday.

  • "Today, CDC is again releasing updated guidance based on the most recent science," Walensky added.
  • "That science includes additional evidence showing that, when used consistently and correctly, prevention strategies such as mask-wearing, staying home when sick, and good hand hygiene can allow childcare programs to operate safely and reduce the spread of COVID-19."
  • Walensky also encouraged all child care workers to get vaccinated.

Changes to the guidance from July 23, 2020:

  • Expanded guidance background for what is known about COVID-19 and transmission in child care settings
  • Updated guidance for mask use for child care
  • Updated guidance on ventilation and water systems
  • Updated guidance for children with special needs and disabilities
  • Updated guidance on cohorting and staggering strategies
  • Updated guidance for communal spaces, food service, playgrounds and play space.
  • Updated guidance on recognizing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and screening
  • Updated guidance on protecting people at higher risk
  • Updated guidance for Direct Service Providers (DSPs)

*Check out the Full text Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Childcare!

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