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The Detroit Health Department Announces Options to Reduce the Length of Quarantine After a Known Exposure


Detroit Health Department: Updated Quarantine Guidance for Residents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced options to reduce the length of quarantine after a known exposure to COVID-19. Importantly, the recommended quarantine remains 10 days for high risk/congregate settings only. With additional guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Detroit Health Department will now allow one of these options: 

The quarantine period can end after 5 days if:

  • The individual does not develop any symptoms within 5 days AND
  • The individual continues to monitor for symptoms for the full 10 days
  • Get tested at least 5 days after exposure 
  • Wear a mask for 10 days. 

Fully vaccinated or boosted, if eligible, 

  • No quarantine needed
  • Get tested 5 days after exposure 
  • Wear a mask for 10 days

Based on individual investigation, the Detroit Health Department may require some individuals in more vulnerable settings or populations to quarantine for the full 14 days per existing CDC recommendations.

Remember: The virus that causes COVID-19 can take a full 14 days to cause illness, and a full 5-day quarantine is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC has presented evidence that most exposed people will become ill within 10 days of exposure. Risk of spread is not gone in days 11 through 14, but greatly reduced. The recommendations for isolating if an individual tests positive or has symptoms have not changed.


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