RALEIGH — State well being leaders despatched the Union County Colleges Board of Schooling a letter Wednesday requesting that board members rescind Monday’s vote on quarantine polices.
If UCPS doesn’t comply, North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Providers Secretarty Mandy Cohen stated the district can face authorized motion.
The UCPS stopped COVID-19 contact tracing and quarantines for non-positive school, college students and employees.
College students can attend college even when they have been in shut contact with somebody who has COVID-19.
Solely individuals who examined optimistic, should keep residence. Masks are additionally not required.
“If Union County Public Colleges don’t take such steps by Sept. 17, authorized motion could also be required to guard the general public’s well being,” Cohen acknowledged within the letter.
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All 100 North Carolina counties are categorised as excessive transmission, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
“Union County isn’t any exception,” Cohen acknowledged within the letter.
Union County had the third highest variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the state for youngsters below 18 for the week ending on Sept. 11.
“The speed of circumstances in kids in Union County is considerably increased than counties of comparable dimension and inhabitants,” Cohen stated.
She stated that she is worried that the board of schooling insurance policies “pose an imminent risk of great antagonistic well being penalties for college students, academics, employees, and the general public extra broadly.”
She promoted the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit.
“The Toolkit is evident on web page 15, that ‘Isolation is required for all presumptive or confirmed circumstances of COVID-19’ and that ‘Quarantine is required for a person who has been a detailed contact … of somebody who is decided optimistic with COVID-19’ with sure exceptions described under (emphasis added).”
Cohen urged within the letter that UCPS adopts all the suggestions within the Toolkit and to reimpose the necessities to cooperate with native public well being officers in figuring out people uncovered to COVID-19 in addition to exclude college students topic to isolation and quarantine measures described within the Toolkit no later 5 p.m. Friday.
Assertion from UCPS:
“The Union County Board of Schooling acquired a letter from DHSS Secretary Mandy Cohen late this night. The board is reviewing the letter. When a response is obtainable, it is going to be shared publicly.”
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