Macomb County Leads Michigan in New K-12 School COVID-19 Outbreaks

Macomb County leads the state in the number of schools with new outbreaks of COVID-19, with 25 of the state’s 101 new groups reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 858 new cases in Michigan’s K-12 schools over the past week, state health officials reported on Monday.

Shelby Township Eisenhower High School has the highest number of new cases at a single school – 53 – according to state health officials, while Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights has the second highest with 45 cases. Both schools have outbreaks affecting students and staff.

Macomb County does not have a county-wide mask mandate. Eight of the county’s 21 districts have mask rules while another 13 remain optional for the mask. The Macomb County Middle School District has a mask rule in its buildings.

Eisenhower and Stevenson are in the Utica Community Schools District which does not have a mask warrant. Schools spokesperson Tim McAvoy said the district is working closely with the Macomb County Health Department in the development and implementation of COVID-19 protocols used in schools.

“In areas where there may be an increased impact of COVID-19, we have worked with families in specific schools or programs to adjust mitigation strategies. These adjustments have included the temporary use of face coverings. or the placement of distance learning classes, ”McAvoy said. in an e-mail declaration.

“We use data reported directly to our schools by families or by the health department of people who were present and who subsequently tested positive or probable for COVID-19, which can often differ from these reported figures at the level of the ‘State,’ McAvoy said. “The dashboard on our website reflects the number of people who have tested positive or probable after attending one of our schools.”

Of the 25 schools with new outbreaks in Macomb, 15 are high schools in multiple districts.

Last week, state health officials reported 83 new outbreaks of COVID-19 at its K-12 schools and universities.

The Macomb County Parents for Safe In-Person School group called on Macomb County to issue a county-wide mask warrant and make data on the outbreak public.

The Macomb County Department of Health told the Detroit News last month it was passing the school-related COVID-19 information to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the information on its board. board online.

On Monday, Emily Mellits, a member of Macomb County Parents for Safe In-Person School and a Washington Township parent, said the Macomb County Department of Health has a responsibility to do everything possible to keep children safe and secure. of families during COVID-19.

“And the explosion of epidemics in Macomb County schools proves the department is not doing its job, despite repeated requests from parents for universal masks, a transparent county dashboard showing school cases and quarantines,” and a commitment to putting science ahead of politics, “says Mellits.

“The Macomb County Health Department has an opportunity to get it right, requiring masks in all schools to slow COVID-19 outbreaks and standing up to politicians who deny the science,” he said. she declared.

A health service official was not available immediately on Monday.

No new outbreaks were reported in colleges and universities this week by the state’s health department.

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