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MDH Releases Guidance on Quarantine for Residents Leaving LTC for Non-Medically Necessary Outings

Today the Minnesota Department of Health published guidance entitled “Long-term Care Guidance Under Executive Order 20-99” specific to residents who leave a long-term care building for reasons other than essential medical appointments. The document references the Governor’s executive order 20-99 and makes the following points:

  • Small family gatherings are an important factor contributing to recent increases in viral spread.
  • CDC and MDH recommend avoiding in-person gatherings of anyone who does not live with them.
  • MDH strongly recommends against families bringing residents of long-term care facilities to their homes during this time regardless of whether or not the resident has previously had COVID-19 or recently tested negative.
  • All individuals who leave a long-term care facility for non-medically necessary appointments should be placed in quarantine for 14-days upon return.

You can read the full guidance document here.

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