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MDHHS provides advice to schools on COVID exposure

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says in many cases students exposed to COVID-19 may not have to stay home.

The guidance says students who display symptoms of COVID should quarantine for at least 10 days.

But the guidance says, in many cases students exposed to COVID-19 but don’t show symptoms should be able to remain in school if they wear masks, are tested regularly, and take other precautions.

Doctor Joneigh Khaldun is Michigan’s chief medical executive.

“There is a path with masking and tests and distancing for kids to stay in school and not have to quarantine at home.”

But the guidance is not an order, and it is up to each school district to decide what to do in cases where students have been or may have been exposed to COVID.