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Last Updated: May 3, 2024

In May 2023, the Centers for Disease Control ended the Federal Covid-19 Public Health Emergency. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, there have been significant advancements in testing, vaccinations and treatment which have all resulted in reduced case rates and overall improved outcomes for those affected by Covid-19.

Throughout the United States, Covid-19 has become endemic, which means cases of Covid-19 now have a normal presence in the community. As such, Covid-19 is treated like other diseases which are transmitted person to person such as the flu or the common cold. Importantly, although Covid-19 is now considered endemic, common sense precautions to prevent disease transmission should continue to be implemented. These precautions include staying home when sick, washing your hands frequently and staying up to date on vaccinations in order to protect yourself and your family and others in your community.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control revised guidelines and eliminated the requirement for the 5-day isolation period of those who test positive for Covid-19. The New Jersey Department of Health has revised their guidelines for certain community settings, such as long-term care facilities, schools and child care centers to coincide with the revised CDC guidelines. These community settings are recommended to follow the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidelines posted at the following links:

For more information, please check the CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance and the CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance FAQ.

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