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Health officials encourage students to stay home from school if sick

Updated: September 15, 2020 01:11 AM

Schools across the state are adapting to the many changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and health officials continue to stress the importance of students staying home when sick to help slow the spread.

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"With schools resuming and many across the state doing all or some version of in-person instruction, we need all parents and families to take this guidance of staying home when needed seriously," Kris Ehresmann, Minnesota Department of Health Director of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology said.

Health officials also encourage parents to have a plan for their kids if they have to transition to distance learning.

They reinforced that symptoms of COVID-19 can look like other illnesses children get, so to err on the safe side and keep kids at home.

"Typical cold symptoms are not typical cold symptoms this season. It is certainly possible that they could be COVID and so we are going to have to adjust," Andrea Singh, Chair of Pediatrics said.

Kids who have a fever of 100.4° Farenheit or higher should stay home, and get tested for COVID-19.

Any children with known exposure to the coronavirus should get tested five to seven days after exposure, but health officials say they still need to stay home and quarantine for 14 days, even if they test negative. 

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