GENESEE COUNTY, MI – The Genesee County Health Department announced today that it will update the COVID-19 guidelines to reflect the state’s, as previously this week removed its public health advice on masking in indoor public environments.
This reflects the improved COVID-19 situation throughout the county, as new cases per. day has dropped to double digits in February.
In a press release on February 18, Genesee County announced that it was lifting its isolation and quarantine order in educational settings, which went into effect in January. It also lifted the mask mandate in classrooms with children under five.
These changes will take effect on February 22nd.
Those testing the COVID-19 positive still need to be isolated for five days, said Kayleigh Blaney, deputy health officer for the Genesee County Health Department. This change simply removes the quarantine section for tight contacts.
“The species in our community are declining rapidly, vaccines are readily available, and hospitalization utilization is recovering,” the department said in a press release. “There is no immediate resurgence predicted when looking at new variants of concern.”
In this recovery phase, public health strategies will shift towards personal responsibility when “we learn to live with COVID-19 in the long term,” the release states.
The county health department has met with local school districts each week to recommend policies for their schools based on their COVID-19 data. It will continue, it says in the release.
The average COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped from 38 percent in mid-January to now 19.7 percent in the second week of February, according to Genesee Countys COVID-19 dashboard.
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