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State Of Michigan: Two Weeks Of Self-Quarantine Before Heading To Gatherings

For Thanksgiving, you would have had to enter isolation last Thursday

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines directing residents to self-quarantine for two weeks before they attend a social gathering or make a “non-necessary” trip.

The state defines a gathering as “any occurrence, either indoor or outdoor, where two or more persons from more than one household are present in a shared space.”

“The concept is that there is a 14-day incubation period for the virus,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the department. “If you really want to decrease the likelihood of getting the virus and spreading it when you travel, then you need to avoid contacts at least 14 days prior.”

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun referenced the guidance at a press conference last week.

“You also should not be leaving your home unless you absolutely must for 14 days before you intend to travel,” said Khaldun, chief medical executive of the department.

That would mean, for example, that Michigan residents planning to go somewhere for Thanksgiving should have entered quarantine no later than Thursday, Nov. 12.

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