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Ionia Co. sets screening guidelines for childcare facilities

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 15:27:44-04

IONIA, Mich. — Ionia County's health department is requiring all childcare facilities to implement a daily screening program for everyone who enters the building.

Screenings must include symptoms of a respiratory infection like a fever over 100.4 degrees, severe cough and shortness of breath. Childcare facilities will also have to have procedures in place to take the temperature of everyone coming inside.

People who have a fever won't be allowed to enter or return into the facility until they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of medications. People will have to wait seven days since the onset of severe coughing and breathing difficulties and those symptoms have improved.

Anyone who is a non-essential visitor to the facility will not be allowed in.

The requirements will remain in effect until further notice.

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took executive action to expand childcare services for people whose jobs are essential during the coronavirus outbreak like health care and emergency response.