New guidelines for child care centers in New York mean shorter COVID-19 isolation times due to staffing shortages, says News10 NBC. Programs experiencing staffing shortages should instruct staff and volunteers infected with the COVID-19 virus to isolate for five days before returning to work.
These guidelines come from the State’s Office of Children and Family Services, which notes that staff members should only return to work after the five day period if they are no longer experiencing symptoms and can commit to wearing a mask at all times.
According to Child Care Council CEO Jeff Pier, these new guidelines are “Due to the fact of a lot of these programs are shutting down, and limiting the number of classrooms of service. So you have a lot of families that have been trouble finding care right now.”
If a child care program is not experiencing staffing shortages, the state advises staff members and volunteers to abide by the original 10 day isolation period.
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