County health director issues additional recommendations

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Adam London Courtesy Kent County Health Department

Kent County is asking residents and businesses to take extra steps to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Kent County Health Department Director Dr. Adam London issued recommendations for residents and businesses identified as critical service providers by the state of Michigan.

These recommendations are designed to ensure critical infrastructure workers can carry out normal operations while keeping themselves and the community safe.

People with a fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or greater and coughing unrelated to a chronic lung condition should stay home until they are free of fever — without the aid of a fever-suppressant — for at least 72 hours and at least seven days have passed since the symptoms began.

Employers providing critical services exempt from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order should take reasonable measures to space patrons and employees at least 6 feet apart, disinfect common touchpoints and require ill employees to stay home.

Persons knowingly exposed with close contact to an individual positively diagnosed with COVID-19 should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days since the date of last contact with the ill person.

People should avoid public playground equipment and other physical features that promote common touchpoint experiences. The county strongly recommends owners and operators of public playground equipment place signs or other notices discouraging the use of the equipment. If possible, the county recommends closing public access to such equipment.

The Kent County Health Department is asking all individuals and businesses identified as critical service providers to comply with the recommendations.

These recommendations are not meant to limit the operations of first responders and health care institutions, which may be mitigating risk in other ways while providing essential services.

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