Kids will isolate for 2 weeks if exposed to COVID-19, per new Minnesota guidance
September 15, 2020
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Health officials have released new guidance that school-age children will be asked to isolate at home for two weeks following exposure to someone with COVID-19, whether or not they test negative.
The new guidance, released on the health department website and addressed in a news conference on Monday, Sept. 14, is likely to frustrate working parents unable to drop their jobs on a moment's notice to watch over a child, who may or may not even be sick, for a half-month.
"We recently released a COVID-19 schools and child care and youth programming exclusion guidance, also called our COVID-19 Decision Tree," said state Director for Infectious Disease Kris Ehresmann. "It lays out a number of scenarios and appropriate steps for children, students and staff ... guidance for when children need to stay home from school or child care."