Close contact guidelines change for K-12 schools

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 9:18 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 2:52 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero provided an update Tuesday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

Gov. Hutchinson begins the briefing by discussing an upcoming special session that will look at reducing personal income taxes.

He says that the special session that was tentatively scheduled for Oct. 25 is delayed.

Active cases of COVID-19 continue to decrease in Arkansas as new cases and deaths remain steady.

The definition of a close contact in a school setting is changed from 6 feet for 15 minutes to 3 feet for 15 minutes, Gov. Hutchinson said. Test-to-stay protocols are now in place for extracurricular activities instead of only applying to the school day.

Dr. Romero says that the changes only apply to K-12 schools and not daycares and upper education. If there is an increase in cases the Arkansas Department of Health will change the guidance back to 6 feet.

Watch the full briefing live on-air or online here>>>

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