Kent, Ottawa counties shorten COVID-19 quarantine guidelines

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Health departments in Kent and Ottawa counties are reducing the recommended quarantine period for people exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days. In a news release, the Kent County Health Department said the “previous 14-day quarantine period was based on the full incubation period of the virus.” However, the department noted that “data confirms 90 to 99 percent of COVID-19 infections occur within 10 days of exposure.”The department said the 10-day recommended self-quarantine period can end if individuals “conduct daily symptom monitoring through day 10 after the last exposure” and “they do not have any symptoms or clinical evidence of COVID-19.”In addition, the Kent County Health Department said that “a 10-day quarantine period does not apply to those residing in congregate living settings or who work with individuals in high-risk groups.”“This change will make it easier for individuals to complete their quarantine and still reduce the spread of the virus,” Kent County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Nirali Bora said in a statement. “However, we encourage residents to remain vigilant against the virus and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”The Ottawa County Health Department also announced Friday that it’s reducing its recommended self-quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days. “We are encouraged by the progress our community has been making and seeing data support a reduction in quarantine time,” County Medical Director Dr. Paul Heidel said in a statement. “We know a 14-day quarantine causes many challenges for families, businesses and schools, and we want to help ease the burden by making policy adjustments with the latest findings.”Read more:Michigan coronavirus data for Friday, April 30: With Whitmer’s new benchmarks, numbers take on added meaningCancer treatment innovator coming to Grand Rapids, expected to create 200 jobs in $30 million investment$11.9M settlement reached in lawsuit after Parchment drinking water found with dangerous PFAS levels