Schools and Health Departments Have 24 Hours Inform of Possible COVID-19 Exposure

Any confusion over requirements for schools reporting COVID positive students has been cleared up by a ruling from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The ruling went into effect on Monday and is in effect until further notice. The ruling fills the gap left by the Executive Orders from Governor Whitmer that were ruled against by the Michigan Supreme Court.

According to the order, schools, both public and non-public, need to identify who may have been exposed using the criteria of being within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset. “The best available evidence demonstrates that these notifications must be made no later than 24 hours after suspected or confirmed exposure”, according to the order.

Once the local health department is notified that the case is school associated, they have to notify the school within 24 hours so the school can help them identify who needs to be called for contact tracing. Then, a public notice needs to be made in a highly visible spot on the school’s website.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland