Minnesota considers shorter CDC quarantine guidelines
December 3, 2020
Minnesota health officials are considering shortening quarantines for people exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 - even if it slightly elevates the risk of viral transmission.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced that local public health agencies could opt to shorten 14-day quarantines to 10 days if people have no symptoms, or seven days if they have no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19.
While that makes some practical sense, Minnesota infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said it isn't a "slam dunk" for a state that is at the peak of a pandemic wave. Minnesota's rate of new infections has been falling but was listed as highest in the nation on Wednesday by the COVID Exit Strategy website.