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Kent County Health Officers issues public health order for childcare facilities

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 05:20:54-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Early Sunday Evening, Kent County Health Officer Dr. Adam London signed a Public Health Order that says in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, any individual providing childcare services for compensation is required to develop and implement a daily screening program for all staff, children, parents entering the facility, and other visitors entering the facility.

According to this Order, the screening criteria must include the following:

-symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, severe cough and/or shortness of breath unrelated to a chronic condition.

- procedures must be in place to take the temperature of all covered individuals.

Individuals demonstrating fever or fever-like symptoms will not be allowed to enter or return into a childcare facility until they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever‐reducing medications. Once seven days have passed since the onset of severe coughing and/or breathing difficulties, and symptoms have improved, they are eligible for re-entry into the facility.

As part of the order, all non-essential visitors are restricted from entering a childcare facility.

This Order shall be effective immediately and shall remain in effect until further notice.