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BVSD's layered approach to COVID-19 still best defense to new omicron variant

BVSD's layered approach to COVID-19 still best defense to new omicron variant
Stephanie Faren

With the recent discovery of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Boulder, we understand many parents and staff may be feeling increased concern regarding the health and safety of their children and themselves.  

We want to reassure our community that the health precautions we have in place in the Boulder Valley School District are the same recommendations that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and our local public health agencies have provided, and they are working well.  

The first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Boulder County has been detected. Here is what you can do to stay safe.
  
The first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Boulder County has been detected. Here is what you can do to stay safe.

 
For more information on the Omicron variant and how to protect yourself and your family see:  CDC Health Advisory:  New SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern Identified: Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant
 

Mitigation
Layered prevention strategies should be used to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, including variants such as Delta and Omicron. These strategies include:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • COVID-19 Testing

CDC recommends that everyone ages 2 years or older wear masks in public indoor places in areas of substantial or high transmission. 

Persons who have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, should get tested 5-7 days after exposure (even if they are asymptomatic) and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure. Persons who develop symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested and stay home until their test result is negative; persons who have a positive test result should isolate at home for 10 days.

Vaccination
Vaccination remains vital to COVID-19 pandemic control. The COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death from the Delta variant, which is currently the dominant variant circulating in the U.S. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 and older should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. In addition, CDC recommends all persons age 18 years and older receive a booster dose at the recommended interval.


 

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