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COVID-19 Updates on Quarantine, Testing, Food Assistance for Students

April 8, 2021

Quarantine

Finlandia University, in cooperation with MDHHS recommendations, will begin instituting a 14-day quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals. This is an increase from the previous recommendation of 10 days. The full release from MDHSS is below:

MDHHS is now requiring a 14 day quarantine for all close contacts. Testing and/or lack of symptoms does not reduce the quarantine. This is effective as of 4/5. Everyone who currently is under quarantine will shift to the 14 day release. For the few people that we have that are already released on the 10 day and being followed will not go back in, since I don’t think we’d get them back in anyway (and it’s a small number).
This is due to the spread of the B.1.1.7 variant and rising case loads across the state.
Close contacts are also recommended to get tested as soon as they are notified/identified as a close contact and if negative, test again at 5-7 days after the exposure. This is CDC guidance and it needs to be clear to all contacts that a negative test (or 2 negative tests) does NOT release them from quarantine.

Free rapid Testing 4/10 at Houghton High School

FREE: Available to anyone in the community.
DATE: Saturday, April 10, 2021.
TIME: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
LOCATION: Houghton High School, 1603 Gundlach Road, Houghton, MI. Please drive into first entrance near the football field. Signs will be posted.
REGISTRATION: Please pre-register by using this link. You may register at the testing site as well, watch for signs for on-site registration.
TEST: You will remain in your vehicle. Once the rapid test has been completed, you will receive results via phone, email or text within approximately 15 minutes.
Negative Test: Nothing further is necessary.
Positive Test: Come back to the testing site for a Comprehensive COVID-19 Test. (48 -72 hours for results.)
If unable to come back to testing site, please follow up with another testing provider.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Loret Roberts at 906-231-3813.

Food Assistance for Students

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 has temporarily extended the student eligibility criteria for the Michigan Food Assistance Program. Students must have a FAFSA on file, be a resident of Michigan, and be enrolled at least half time.
Michigan college students are then eligible as long as they meet one of two exemptions:
  • Have a 0 EFC
  • Are eligible for work-study
If you have a 0 EFC you will be receiving an email from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources (MDHHR) on how to apply.
If you do not receive that email and feel you may be eligible, please feel free to email me and I can check to see if you meet one of those requirements.
More information and how to apply can also be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339–555830–,00.html
Don’t wait to apply if you qualify! This extension is only available until 30 days after the end of the Federal public health emergency.
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