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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR DECEMBER 10
The previous update was Thursday, December 3. All numbers below are in comparison to that update (seven days).
- TOTAL: 196 more positives, 116 more probable positives, 406 more recoveries and 5 deaths
- BARAGA COUNTY: 25 more positives, 16 more probable positive, 88 more recoveries and 2 deaths
- GOGEBIC COUNTY: 43 more positives, 32 more probable positives, 96 more recoveries and 1 death
- HOUGHTON COUNTY: 113 more positives, 68 more probable positives, 143 more recoveries and 2 deaths
- KEWEENAW COUNTY: 7 more positives, 1 more probable positive and 20 more recoveries
- ONTONAGON COUNTY: 8 more positives, 1 less probable positive and 59 more recoveries
Health Department Adopts Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Quarantine Period
Effective December 4, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is adopting updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding COVID-19 quarantine times.
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, the CDC released options for reducing the number of days that individuals with known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case should remained quarantined. The data presented to support the proposed reductions are based on case data reviewed for hundreds of thousands of cases that showed 99% of all infections will present within 10 days of exposure. The MDHHS announced their guidance, based upon CDC recommendations earlier today.
While a 14-day quarantine period is still standard, under certain conditions a modified quarantine period of 10 days will be an option if the following two conditions exist:
- The individual does not develop any symptoms or clinical evidence of COVID-19 infection during daily symptom monitoring for the 10 days after the last exposure.
- Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14 after the last exposure.
As currently recommended by MDHHS, diagnostic testing results or antibody testing results will not reduce the length of quarantine for residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties at this time. Negative tests or antibody tests will not release close contacts from quarantine earlier than 10 days after last exposure with daily symptom monitoring through 14 days after last exposure to the confirmed COVID-19 case.
WUPHD is monitoring MDHHS and CDC guidelines closely and will provide updates as needed.
For more information on COVID-19 please visit www.wuphd.org, michigan.gov/coronavirus, or cdc.gov/coronavirus.
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