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Quarantine a directive, not recommendation

Grand Island continues working to slow the spread, updating individuals on COVID-19
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 11:04 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele and Teresa Anderson, director of the Central District Health Department presented an update on Grand Island’s COVID-19 response Tuesday morning, both speaking on quarantine, schools and more.

Anderson reiterated that anyone who tests positive for coronavirus must quarantine for 10 days. If others were in close contact with the positive individual they must quarantine for 14 days. Anderson added that the incubation period for symptoms is up to two weeks which is why someone in close contact is directed to quarantine longer than someone who tests positive.

“When we quarantine someone, it’s not an option, and it’s not a recommendation, it’s a directive,” Anderson said.

Anderson said that CDHD is working closely with superintendents in the Health District to deliver a consistent message and keep staff and students safe. Three things Anderson believes CDHD has “impressed upon” superintendents is wearing masks as it reduces the spread, keeping social distance and keeping students home when sick.

According to Anderson, children can spread and receive the virus just as easily as adults which is why keeping schools safe is such a priority.

Terms and directives are coming from the state level, not locally, it’s simply Anderson and CDHD’s job to enforce them and get residents to comply.

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