LANSING, Mich. (WJMN) – The CDC recently updated its guidelines due to the Delta variant of COVID-19.

MIOSHA encourages employers to follow the recently updated guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals may spread the Delta variant due to how contagious it is, according to the CDC. Prior to the variant, they say the likelihood for vaccinated individuals to spread the virus was considered low.

“As transmission rates accelerate rapidly in many Michigan counties, Michigan employers should monitor the spread of COVID-19 in their local communities and follow the CDC’s guiding principles for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people to ensure we are all doing our part to keep workplaces safe for employees and customers,” said COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan. 

In June, workplace rules for non-healthcare settings were changed to align with Federal OSHA guidance.

“MIOSHA remains committed to protecting the safety and health of Michigan workers during this pandemic,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “As more Michigan communities move toward substantial or high levels of community transmission due to the Delta variant, MIOSHA is urging employers across the state to follow the CDC’s updated guidelines to protect employees and contain the spread of COVID-19.”

In areas with substantial or high community transmission, he CDC recommends face coverings for all employees and visitors indoors (including those that are fully vaccinated) and using the CDC testing strategy for vaccinated employees that have been exposed to COVID-19.

CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals includes:  

  • Outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.  
  • Most indoor activities pose low risk to fully vaccinated people, especially in areas with low or moderate transmission.  
  • Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.  
  • Fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can transmit it to others.  

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people do the following to reduce the risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.  
  • Consider choosing to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.  
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  
  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.  
  • Continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.  

For those who are not vaccinated, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated and continuing to mask until they are fully vaccinated. Per the CDC’s latest update, “With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever.”  

For more information, please review the CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals, and review the CDC COVID tracker to determine community spread in your area.