MDH Changes Quarantine Time - January 2021

MDH Changes Quarantine Time - January 2021
Posted on 01/25/2021
Drawing of house on purple and red gradient backgroundThe Minnesota Department of Health has revised quarantine times for those exposed to COVID-19.

The safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test result.

You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason.


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14 DAYS
- If you have traveled out of state
- If you live in a building with multiple people (like a long-term care facility)
- If someone in your home has COVID-19


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10 DAYS
- If you had brief contact with someone who tested positive (like at work or school)
- If you have not experienced symptoms
- If you have not received positive results from your COVID-19 test
- If you do not live in a building with multiple people (like a long-term care facility)
- If no one else in your home has COVID-19


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7 DAYS
- If you were tested at least 5 days into quarantine and the test results are negative
- If you had brief contact with someone who tested positive (like at work or school)
- If you have not experienced symptoms
- If you do not live in a building with multiple people (like a long-term care facility)
- If no one else in your home has COVID-19



See more detailed guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health here.

Please note that these recommendations are not universal. Some settings and workplaces, like health care, have different rules about quarantine. Check with your employer.