Audio: CDC in Missouri today to begin first-of-its-kind COVID-19 study within K-12 schools

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The CDC is in Missouri today to begin a first-ever COVID-19 study within some K-12 schools.

Two groups of students who are considered close contacts to someone with COVID-19 will be tested over a 30-day period. The first group includes those wearing masks who are allowed to continue in-person classes. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams says the other group involves students required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they were wearing masks.



Teachers will be included in the case and contact investigation. Earlier this month, the state loosened the guidelines for making students and staff quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19, if they were properly wearing masks at school.


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