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Michigan updates COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines for schools

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Mid-Michigan schools navigate Face-to-Face learning COVID-19 protocols

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan students and school staff will have to isolate or quarantine for less time if they test positive for or get exposed to COVID-19.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools on Monday to reflect changes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

School students and staff only need to isolate for five days after a positive COVID-19 test under the new guidance. They can return to school after five days if they continue to show no symptoms and agree to wear a face covering.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms of the illness can return to school if their symptoms ease after five days and they are willing to wear a mask.

Students or staff who refuse to wear a face mask should continue isolating at home for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the state health department.

For COVID-19 exposures, no quarantine is necessary for anyone who is fully vaccinated and received a booster -- if eligible -- or for anyone who had a confirmed coronavirus illness within 90 days.

Students and staff who aren't fully vaccinated and haven't had COVID-19 within 90 days should quarantine at home for five days after exposure. They can return to school on the sixth day if they agree to receive a COVID-19 test every other day or agree to wear a mask.

Michigan COVID-19 school guidelines

Guidelines for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine periods in Michigan schools as of Jan. 10.

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