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Michigan reduces quarantine time for general public, but not schools or nursing homes

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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan residents who test positive for COVID-19 and don't have symptoms have a reduced quarantine time, but guidance for schools and nursing homes is not changing.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced a reduction in quarantine time after a positive COVID-19 test from 10 days to five days on Friday for people who have no symptoms of the illness.

The change mirrors new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

CDC shortens recommended COVID-19 isolation and quarantine time

However, the reduction in Michigan applies only to the general public. The state's guidance on COVID-19 quarantine length is not changing for schools or congregate care settings, which includes nursing homes, prisons and adult foster care facilities.

Quarantine recommendations remain at 10 days for those facilities.

The state health department may consider a change in quarantine time for schools and congregate care settings later as officials get more information from the CDC.

"These most recent updates to the quarantine and isolation guidelines are a reflection on our progress as we learn more about COVID – but we are not in the clear as variants like omicron continue to create new challenges in the fight to end this pandemic,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan's chief medical executive.

Michigan won't immediately change COVID-19 quarantine guidance based on CDC change

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues strongly recommending COVID-19 vaccines as the best way to prevent spreading the illness.

The most recent data from the department shows people who are unvaccinated face 4.3 times more risk of testing positive for COVID-19 and 12.2 more risk of dying from the illness.

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