MN Government Updates 12.07

State Officials to Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Governor Tim Walz, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health, and a bipartisan groups of legislators are scheduled to provide an in-depth briefing of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

State health officials have previously given only a broad overview of the three phases of COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Phase One: Vaccination will be targeted through regional and local public health plans in particular settings that serve populations like healthcare workers.
  • Phase Two: Vaccination will be broadly administered through pharmacies and other healthcare providers. Groups most vulnerable and those who are likely to have the most severe health impact from COVID-19 will receive vaccination.
  • Phase Three: The vaccine will be available in plentiful supply and the state will be looking at how it routinely distributes the vaccine.

The governor said the COVID-19 vaccination briefing will occur at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Minnesota Department of Health Updates Quarantine Guidelines

In accordance with updated recommendations from the CDC, the Minnesota Department of Health has provided revised guidelines on the quarantine period for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19:

If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (an exposure), you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine). COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don't spread the virus without knowing it.

Some work settings, like health care, have different rules about quarantine. Check with your employer.

You should stay away from others for 14 days if:

  • Someone in your home has COVID-19.
  • You live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

You may consider being around others after 10 days if:

  • You do not have symptoms
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after 10 days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

You may consider being around others after seven days only if:

  • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative.
  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after seven days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Amos A. Briggs | Government Relations
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