Childcare & Youth Programs

Updated 9/23/22

Information on this page is based on CDC's guidance last updated Aug. 11, 2022. For the latest guidance and additional information, please visit CDC's Guidance for K-12 Schools and Childcare page.

OCHD also offers guidance specific to K-12 schools, along with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) for both K-12 schools and childcare and preschools, that can be found here.


Responding  to COVID-19 in Childcares and Preschools

When someone tests positive for COVID-19:

  • People who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 days
  • Refer to CDC regarding when to end isolation and recommendations for mask wearing

When children or staff members are exposed to COVID-19:

  • Exposed individuals do not need to stay home but should monitor closely for symptoms
  • If any symptoms develop, isolate and test
  • If no symptoms develop test on or after day 5 following exposure
  • Wear masks for 10 days following exposure (age 2 and older)
  • If mask wearing not possible (under age 2), implement other layered strategies such as:

If there is an outbreak in the facility (CDC Recommendations):


  • Universal masking
  • Increasing ventilation
  • Screening testing (ask everyone to test regardless of symptoms)
  • Suspending high-risk activities (e.g. indoor physical activity or music instrument/choir activities)
  • Contact OCHD CD unit with questions or for additional guidance; 248-858-1286 or

If your childcare center is facing a difficult COVID-19 response decision or if you have questions about our guidance, please don't hesitate to contact our epidemiology team for a consultation: 248-858-1286 or

Reporting cases to OCHD

  • Send email to with subject line: Childcare COVID19 Case
    • Include the following information:
      • Child/Staff member name
      • Date of Birth
      • Parent Name
      • Parent phone number
      • Address
      • School
      • Classroom/teacher
      • Onset/Test date
    • You do not need to report cases among parents/household members of children
  • Contact Oakland County Communicable Disease Unit at 248-858-1286 or for any questions

*Please note that close contacts no longer need to be reported. Please follow MDHHS and LARA guidelines regarding information for families about COVID19 cases in the building/classroom.