MDHHS issues guidance for parents with children exposed to COVID-19 – WLNS

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) tweeted about increased guidance resources for parents with children exposed to COVID-19.

MDHHS has issued updated quarantine guidance for K12 students exposed to COVID-19 but dont have symptoms. This guidance will help ensure students and educators are as safe as possible in the classroom and keep students in school for in-person learning. https://t.co/idEbUYqrRk pic.twitter.com/0U2gjl4z1E

MDHHS recently released updated precautions that discuss things like quarantine versus isolation, when a student exposed to COVID-19 can stay in school and school testing opportunities.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommends local health departments and schools work together to quicky isolate COVID-19 cases among students and staff, identify close contacts of those cases, and adopt quarantine policies that reduce the risk of transmission in schools while allowing in-person learning. When evidence-based prevention measures, including universal masking, are in place, modifications may be made to the 10- to 14-day at-home quarantine.

Now, what is isolation, what is quarantine- and how are they different?

According to MDHHS, isolation is necessary when one has already been infected with the COVID-19 virus, has tested positive- even if they arent showing symptoms. Quarantine is needed when one has been exposed to COVI(D-19.

Both quarantine and isolation are determined by local health departments, so quarantine factors may be modified.

What are the updated school quarantine guidelines?

There are three situations in which a student can have been exposed to COVID-19, and go to school without quarantining:

Additionally, there are situations where students have been exposed to COVID-19 should not return to school:

MDHHS goes on to state that anyone who shows COVID-19 symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and isolate.

To see testing resources information, click here.

For the latest information on Michigans response to COVID-19, please visitMichigan.gov/Coronavirus. You can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136 oremail COVID19@michigan.gov.

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