OHIO – Pickaway county children returned to school today after having several weeks off due to rising cases of active cases in school. Some schools in the area extended Thanksgiving holidays and reverted back to online learning into Seasonal holiday break until now, but Governor Dewine says that they are changing guidance to how the schools handle COVID-19 exposures.
“Because of the data we now have, we’re changing our guidance and are no longer recommending that students who have been exposed to another COVID+ student quarantine – as long as all students have been wearing masks and the exposure took place in a classroom setting,” said Dewine.
Before the change in this mandate children exposed to a positive case quarantined from school and at home for 14 days.
Dewine says this is another step in trying to keep kids in classrooms. Dewine mentioned the need for kids to socialize, that in classroom is good for children’s mental health, and children in poverty this is a place for those children to get a good balanced meal.
Circleville City schools announced on Wednesday, December 30th that they will continue in school learning Monday through Thursday on Monday, January 1, 2020.
This decision comes after Pickaway county health reports Covid positive case numbers that are higher than we have ever seen in the area. As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 there is a total of 620,181 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio and 8,009 deaths. Currently there are 5,619 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Pickaway County, 2,622 being inmates, leaving 2,997 local residents who have tested positive. There are 700 active local resident cases with 18 hospitalized. There are a total of 69 deaths, 37 being inmates and 32 community deaths.