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Ohio students in sports, extracurriculars won't have to quarantine after classroom exposure to COVID-19

"Students will now be permitted to participate in organized sporting and extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom-free and follow applicable safety precautions," reads a Monday release from Gov. Mike DeWine.
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Gov. Mike DeWIne during a briefing Jan. 14, 2021

COLUMBUS — Ohio students participating in athletics or extracurriculars won't have to quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus in the classroom, per a new health order issued Monday.

Students incidentally exposed to a COVID-positive classmate — if they were within six feet of the person for at least 15 minutes, but while both were wearing a mask — won't have to sit out their school activities unless they develop symptoms, according to the new Ohio Department of Health order signed Monday by Director Stephanie McCloud.

"Students will now be permitted to participate in organized sporting and extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom-free and follow applicable safety precautions," reads a Monday release from Gov. Mike DeWine.

"However, students who are exposed in other settings outside of the classroom will be required to continue following existing CDC quarantine guidance."

That means a 14-day quarantine period.

Players, coaches, officials or others who had close contact with a COVID-positive person or had direct contact — i.e. were coughed or sneezed on — but haven't developed symptoms may quarantine at least 10 days without taking a coronavirus test, or at least seven days after receiving a negative test, according to the state guidelines.