UPDATE: DC recommending 5-day isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

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FILE – In this Dec. 17, 2020 file photo, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in Washington. Homicides in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and other cities have topped 2019 numbers as violence surged while much of the U.S. struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re all sick of the heinous crimes in our city,” said Bowser. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — DC residents were recommended to isolate for 5 days after testing positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.

After the fifth day, the district’s guidance recommends wearing a mask but no longer isolating, according to Patrick Ashley with DC Health Regulation and Licensing Administration.

This is only recommended as long as:

  • There is no fever
  • Either have no symptoms OR symptoms are improving
  • Wear a mask for the next five days

Schools may be looking to transition to virtual learning throughout the semester, especially in the coming weeks, according to Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, Chancellor of DC Public Schools.

All students returning to school on Jan 5. are required proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser provided a COVID-19 situational update Wednesday morning for the public.

The press conference also included the schedule for walk-up PCR testing.

This event took place at the Marion S. Barry Jr. Building at 11:30 a.m.

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