Kent County releases adjusted COVID-19 quarantine guidelines

Posted at 3:41 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 15:41:13-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Health Department says it is adjusting its quarantine guidelines for COVID-19.

Those exposed to COVID-19 are now advised to quarantine for 10 days, down from the previous recommendation of 14 days, according to the KCHD.

The health department says the 14-day self-isolation period remains the standard, but individuals may only quarantine for 10 days if they do not experience symptoms within that 10-day period and if symptom monitoring continues through the fourteenth day.

Those who are quarantining for 10 days are still advised to get tested if they develop symptoms within 14 days of exposure and to wear masks and social distance after leaving quarantine.

The KCHD says the adjusted guidelines do not apply to those in “congregate living settings” or those who work with groups of high-risk individuals.

Furthermore, the health department advises employers to consult the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and Michigan Public Act 238 to determine if non-essential workers should self-isolate for 14 days.