The Michigan Department of Health has updated quarantine recommendations for schools to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and keep students in class.
State health officials continue to recommend universal masking in all K-12 schools, but have not issued a mask warrant, leaving individual school districts or counties to decide on have such a rule.
Last month, health authorities released a public health notice Recommend that everyone over 2 years old wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status, during indoor gatherings, as the state is in the throes of its fourth wave of coronavirus.
There have been 46 new coronavirus outbreaks statewide in K-12 schools and 511 ongoing outbreaks in these settings, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported On Monday.
The updated guidelines, released Friday, says students exposed to coronavirus cases may not have to self-quarantine at home and can stay in class.
Here are the quarantine guidelines for students who are exposed to the virus at school and who are not showing symptoms:
- Fully vaccinated contacts without symptoms do not need to be quarantined.
- For those who are not vaccinated, and both the exposed student and the coronavirus positive student have been masked, contacts can participate in school activities if they wear a mask for 14 days after exposure and use a strategy of ” test to stay â. This suggested strategy is to test every other day for seven days after exposure.
- For those who are not vaccinated and one or both students have been unmasked, if additional testing and mitigation strategies are used, contacts may participate in school activities at the discretion of the local health department.
Students who test positive for the virus should not go to school and should self-isolate at home for 10 days after symptom onset or after testing positive if they do not show symptoms.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of their vaccine status, should not attend school or school activities and should be tested for the virus, the MDHHS said.
Health officials are encouraging vaccinations, which are approved for ages 5 and up, as well as the wearing of masks and tests to keep students in school and children, staff and families safe.
They are also encouraging local health departments and schools to quickly isolate coronavirus cases, identify close contacts, and adopt quarantine policies to reduce the risk of transmission.
“Schools have the capacity to be safe now that children aged 5 and over can be immunized,” said Dr Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS medical director.
“We continue to urge all eligible residents to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, as it is our best defense against the virus. Masks, distancing, quarantine and isolation are all additional strategies that keep our schools and our public spaces safe. ”
In general, people are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine. Children 5 to 11 years old can receive two pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccine and children 12 to 17 years old can receive two adult doses of Pfizer vaccine.
The MDHHS provides free antigen testing supplies to schools as part of the MI Safe Schools Testing program. Schools and districts can request antigen testing kits through the program.
Home tests can be purchased at grocery stores and drugstores. Some home tests will be available to schools through their middle school districts. To find free, community-based antigen or coronavirus testing sites, go to www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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