Grosse Pointe Woods A vaccinated schoolteacher at Grosse Pointe North High School has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19, according to a memo sent Thursday to teachers in the district.
“I wanted to tell you that our vaccinated teacher who tested positive for COVID is now in the hospital,” according to an email sent from Kathryn C. Murray, principal of the high school.
“Many of you have asked and are concerned about our dear friend and colleague. People are being organized to find out how they can support her and her family. When things come together, we will share more details. In the meantime, keep her inside your prayers. “
Efforts to reach Murray failed on Thursday. A representative of Murray could not comment, citing HIPAA laws and confidentiality.
On Wednesday, a letter was sent from Murray to parents and students about the teacher: “Today I received word that a vaccinated northern teacher tested positive for COVID. All students and families in close contact have been notified. I also received a three students in the North have tested positive for Covid 1
William Nowling, a spokesman for Wayne County, said there are 31 COVID-positive cases reported in the county 14 or more days after individuals received their vaccine shots. These incidents, Nowling said, represent 1% of the completed vaccinations in Wayne County.
Earlier this week, state health officials told Detroit News that 246 residents of Michigan who were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were later diagnosed with coronavirus, and three have died.
The cases were reported between Jan. 1 and March 31, and 246 had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose of the vaccine series, Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email.
“Some of these individuals may eventually be excluded from this list due to continued positive testing from a recent infection before full vaccination,” Sutfin said.
“These cases undergo further review to determine whether they meet other CDC criteria for determining potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than 45 days before the positive post-vaccination test. In general, these individuals have been more likely to be asymptomatic or slightly symptomatic compared to vaccinated individuals. “
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan continues to grow and the state leads the country. On Wednesday, the state added 8,015 new cases and 30 deaths.
The latest figures for the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus bring the state’s total number of cases to 715,478 and deaths to 16,327 when it was first discovered in Michigan in March 2020, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.
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