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Exposed to COVID-19? Michigan says you don’t have to quarantine anymore

Exposed to COVID-19? Michigan says you don’t have to quarantine anymore

As Michigan’s COVID situation continues to improve, the state health department is further easing some of its guidance related to quarantining and case reporting.

The most significant change made Friday, March 11, was the move away from home quarantining for individuals who are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19. Instead, that individual should monitor themselves for symptoms for 10 days and consider wearing a mask around others for that time.

If you live with someone who is positive for COVID, it’s recommended that you test at least once within 3-7 days of exposure. Otherwise, the guidance is to test if symptoms develop

This move away from at-home quarantining does not affect guidance for health care, long-term care, corrections or other high-risk settings. It also doesn’t supersede orders from local health departments, organizations, school districts, businesses, or event organizers.

“We are updating our guidance to reflect the fact the state has entered a post-surge, recovery phase,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive, in a prepared statement. “As we move through the phases of our COVID-19 response our recommendations will be updated to reflect the current status of transmission, while continuing to prioritize public health and promote health and wellness for all communities

“We continue to strongly urge all residents ages 5 and older get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and to get boosted when eligible as the vaccine continues to be our best defense against the virus.”

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