New Minnesota Guideline Requires Students to Quarantine 2 Weeks Even with Negative COVID Test
JT Thaden | Sep 14, 2020 AT 10:31 pm
ST. PAUL (KDLM) - A new Minnesota guideline for students requires children who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus to quarantine for 2 weeks, longer than the isolation required of a child who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health indicates that students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must stay at home and stay away from others in the home for 10 days (isolation), counting from the day after they were tested.
Children who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 must stay home for at least 14 days (quarantine). They must stay home even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Minnesota Department of Health says children must quarantine for 14 days even with a negative test for COVID-19 "because they could develop COVID-19 for up to 14 days."
"We need all families to take this guidance seriously," said Kris Ehresmann Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Expert during a state briefing Monday, Sept. 14.
Minnesota has had a total of 84,949 positive COVID cases since testing begin in the state in early March of 2020 which equates to just over 1.5% of the total population (5.64 million according to the U.S. Census Bureau) in the state.
To date 1,922 Minnesotans have died of the virus which equates to .03% of the state's total population. 1,147 of those deaths were Minnesotans that were 80 years of age or older. A CDC study from 2017 indicates the U.S. life expectancy to be 78.6 years, a more current study from late 2019 from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations suggest Minnesotan's have the third highest life expectancy of 80.7 years.