May 21, 2020

CDC releases reopening guidelines

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 20 posted two new resources to help states reopen.

The first is a 60-page document that includes information on general and healthcare surveillance and continuing guidance on infection control, contact tracing, and testing. It also includes a standardized way to look at gating criteria to help establishments after they open.

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The second resource provides health considerations to be used by summer camps, schools, youth sports organizations, institutes of higher education, and restaurants and bars that are open.

Four categories of safeguards are included:

  • promoting behaviors to reduce spread
  • maintaining healthy environments
  • maintaining healthy operations
  • preparing for when someone gets sick.

Widespread community mitigation combined with ongoing containment activities represent effective interventions for limiting the spread of COVID-19 and for limiting the threat to the economic well-being of the country and the world, the CDC says.

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