Health chief opposes broad quarantine policy

Dr. Cara Christ  administers vaccine to a teenager./Facebook

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services  

The state’s top health official said schools should be able to quarantine unvaccinated students and keep them out of class in at least some cases where they have been exposed to Covid. 

Dr. Cara Christ told Capitol Media Services on July 20 she still believes that the best place for children is in school. 

“It’s the safest place for kids,” she said, though she said unvaccinated students should be wearing masks even though state lawmakers have now prohibited districts from requiring their use. 

The key, she said, is making case-by-case decisions. 

“I don’t think we want to be taking broad, sweeping, quarantining entire schools if they’ve got a case of COVID-19,” the health director said. 

But Christ said that there are circumstances when separating out some unvaccinated students – and maybe even some who are vaccinated but have underlying health conditions – may be appropriate when there is a confirmed case in a school. 

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