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Outbreak Status & Closure Criteria

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Outbreak Status & Closure Criteria
Posted on 01/14/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Outbreak Status & Closure CriteriaThe Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) evaluates a school for an outbreak when there are 3 or more positive cases from different households that meet CDC criteria for investigation. CDC criteria for investigation include the type of COVID test  (ie. antigen or PCR), the number of days since the individual was present in school, and any known positive contacts in or out of school.

Potential outbreaks are reviewed by the CDC and each case is evaluated on an individual basis. Only the CDC can classify a facility as an outbreak.

An outbreak does not necessarily warrant a school closure, and the CDC may recommend other measures, such as cleaning or quarantining of close contacts, to mitigate any ongoing risk. Read more.