MN Lowers Some Quarantine Recommendations

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – State officials say Minnesotans who are exposed to COVID-19 can shorten their quarantine period from two weeks to 10 or seven days in some cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The CDC made the change last week.

Minnesota health officials said they hoped the change would allow more people to follow the guidelines and stay home.

While they don’t have data on compliance, state officials said they often hear feedback that people are unable to follow the full two-week quarantine.

The two-week period can be shortened to seven days if a person gets a negative test, or 10 days without a test and without symptoms. But health care workers, congregate care facility workers, and people who are exposed the virus within their own home must continue to wait 14 days.

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