Conflicting information regarding how long a person should be in quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 has left many Michiganders confused. Earlier this month, on April 5, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reinstituted the standard 14-day quarantine guidance those exposed to COVID-19 in the State of Michigan, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the dramatic increase in cases and variant spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, the contact tracing platform used by many health departments, Traceforce, did not update its system until April 15, according to a news release from the District Health Department No. 10. "As a result, Traceforce inadvertently sent out letters to numerous close contacts informing them that they need to quarantine for 10 days, when they actually need to quarantine for 14 days," the news release stated. "If you were identified as a close contact on or after April 5, you do need to quarantine for 14 days, even if you received a letter from Traceforce stating otherwise." DHD No. 10 also reminds individuals and businesses that: \u2022 Proof of antibodies or a negative COVID-19 test result during quarantine will not reduce or end quarantine. \u2022 Only close contacts excluded from quarantine are those who have been infected with COVID-19 within the last 90 days or are fully vaccinated for two or more weeks prior to exposure. \u2022 The length of quarantine and release from quarantine is determined by public health, not ones' healthcare provider. In related news, DHD No. 10 has begun using new software to expedite contact tracing efforts for the jurisdiction's increase in COVID-19 cases. Patient Education Genius, developed by Michigan-based CoherentRx, will collect information from individuals who test positive for COVID-19 through a digital survey sent via text message or e-mail, enabling the health department to investigate all positive cases in a timely manner. "If you test positive for COVID-19, you may not get a phone call from the Health Department right away" said Kevin Hughes, a health officer for DHD No.10. "Unless you fall into a high-risk category based on age or type of employment, you will now receive a text or email with a link to an online survey where you enter your information. We ask that all residents in our jurisdiction please complete this survey if you receive it." According to the news release, the survey should only take 15 minutes and will only ask for information allowed under the Public Health Code and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Privacy Act. This many include demographics, symptoms, occupation, attendance at public events or gatherings, and people with whom they may have been in close contact. It will not gather any private information such as social security numbers, personal passwords, or banking details. The Health department will review the information collected by the survey and reach out to ill individuals as needed. "Using the PEG survey to gather information from those who test positive for COVID-19 helps us identify those who may spread the virus to others," the release stated. "This new method for case investigation will help DHD#10 prioritize investigations on outbreaks in schools, businesses, and vulnerable populations." What to do if you test positive for COVID-19: DHD No. 10 reminds residents to initiate isolation and quarantine as soon as possible upon testing positive for COVID-19. Any delay to this process can result in unnecessary spread. \u2022 As soon as you test positive, start isolation immediately. Isolation lasts for 10 days from the start of symptoms or, if no symptoms, from the positive test date. \u2022 Notify your close contacts and encourage them to quarantine for a full 14 days. \u2022 If you have questions about isolation or quarantine, call the Health Department at 231-305-8675 or visit: dhd10.org\/covid-19-now-what.