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New MDH long-term care facility guidance for one-day outings, holidays

(KTTC) -- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) updated its guidance for one-day outings including for holidays, such as Easter, Passover, and other celebrations.

According to a news release Thursday afternoon, the change reflects recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

According to MDH, in most cases residents, regardless of vaccination status, can leave their facility for less than 24 hours without having to quarantine when they come back. MDH says that's only as long as they were not in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

State health officials still want those residents to stick to ongoing virus mitigation policies such as wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands often and sticking to outdoor visits when possible.

Residents gone for longer for 24 hours may still have to quarantine when they get back to their facility.

More information can be found here.


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