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DHHS Reinstating 14-Day Quarantine For COVID-19 Cases

April 6, 2021

Article courtesy of MIRS

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reinstating a standard 14-day quarantine for those who have had close contact with anyone who has had COVID-19, which removes the option for a 10-day quarantine.

A “frequently asked questions” information sheet updated on Monday states that the change is due to increasing case rates and variant spread in Michigan.

Michigan reported 10,293 new COVID-19 cases from Sunday and Monday and new case numbers continue to climb upward. On Easter Monday, The New York Times reported seven metropolitan areas as being within the Top 10 with the largest number of new cases in relation to their populations in the last two weeks (See “MI Still Leads Nation With New COVID-19 Cases,” 4/5/21).

DHHS is also reporting in its guidance that because COVID-19 is “spreading significantly across the state,” public health can’t contact everyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

The department is urging people who contact the virus to do their own contact tracing and let people know — including their employer or school — if they’ve been exposed.

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