FOX 2 – The Wayne County Public Health Division issued a Public Health Advisory with the strong recommendation that schools in Wayne County – public, non-public and boarding schools in our jurisdiction – should temporarily switch to a distance learning model until January 15, 2021.
Wayne County registered 1,170 new COVID-19 cases Friday. Since Sunday, Wayne County has reported 4,185 new cases. City of Detroit COVID-19 cases are monitored and reported by the city, which has its own health department.
“We have reached a point in the pandemic that we hoped the county would never see,” said Wayne County Director Warren C. Evans. “This advice is the strongest recommendation we can issue at this time to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.”
In accordance with the Public Health Code, the health officer can issue a disease prevention advice. Specifically, public law requires 149 of 2020 school districts to develop learning programs to adapt to the pandemic and accommodate students to keep them safe.
As the onset of colder temperatures and potential indoor gatherings along with hospitals reach their limits, it is recommended that districts fundamentally shift to a distance learning solution. This advice is aimed at an age group that can spread COVID-19 without showing signs or symptoms.
Wayne County includes many close-knit communities, and we cherish our time with our families. But with Thanksgiving next week, we need to redouble our efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us, ”Evans said. “This guide is imperative to protect the health and safety of our society.”
“We are working extremely closely with our school districts to prevent further spread,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Wayne County Chief Health Strategist. “It is our intention to protect schools, its staff and students from COVID-19.”