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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened COIVD-19 restrictions and guidelines yesterday, which show a shift in focus to the most vulnerable populations rather than people who have some level of immunity. 

New recommendations no longer include the six-foot rule and unvaccinated people no longer need to quarantine after they’re exposed to an infected person. But anyone who has been exposed should still wear a mask and test five days after exposure, the CDC recommends.

The announcement comes just as students in the D.C. area are getting ready to return to school. Students 12 and older in D.C. schools are required to have the COVID vaccine. 

New CDC guidance no longer recommends schools regularly test asymptomatic students and staff. Instead, the CDC instead recommends testing in response to an outbreak. The “test to stay” protocol, which allows unvaccinated kids to stay in school as long as they test negative, is also gone from the CDC’s new guidelines.

New guidelines also say that schools may need to require masking in classrooms or other settings to protect immunocompromised students, and masking is recommended in schools (as well as any indoor setting) if the community level is “high.” Masks are also recommended in all healthcare settings, including school nurses’ officers, regardless of community level of COVID.

Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • A judge appointed a special receiver to take control of Casa Ruby’s finances. The social services nonprofit received millions of dollars from the D.C. government over the years, but has recently failed to pay its employees and pay its clients’ rents. [Twitter]

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