Senate Republican leader calls on NY to adopt CDC COVID-19 guidance

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One week after the CDC relaxed its COVID guidelines, they haven’t been adopted here in New York.

This could cause a problem with school starting up again in a few weeks.

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt sent a letter to the governor today.

He’s urging Gov. Hochul to update the state’s guidance and emergency regulations to reflect the changes made by the CDC.

One of the big changes is people exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine—regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC also removed social distancing and test to stay for schools.

News10NBC heard back from the governor’s office Wednesday night. The governor has had conversations with the department of health, but at this point—the state is continuing with its fall surge strategy.

That includes distributing three million tests to schools before the start of the school year, getting more New Yorkers vaccinated and boosted, and readying a stockpile of personal protective equipment and tests.