DETROIT – The Wayne County Public Health Division has issued a counsel strongly recommending that all public, non-public and boarding schools in the county’s jurisdiction switch to distance learning by January 15, 2021.
According to a press release, the county registered 1,170 new COVID-19 cases Friday. The county reported 4,185 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday.
“We have reached a point in the pandemic that we hoped the county would never see,”
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 help protect the most vulnerable among us, ”Evans added. “This guide is imperative to protect the health and safety of our society.”
County officials said Public Law 149 of 2020 instructs school districts to develop learning programs to adapt to the pandemic and accommodate students to keep them safe. The health officer has the authority to issue a consultation.
The county said that due to colder temperatures, indoor gatherings and an increase in admissions led to their recommendation to switch to virtual learning to prevent the spread of COVID. The recommendation pertains to “an age group that can spread COVID-19 without showing signs or symptoms,” officials said.
“We are working extremely closely with our school districts to prevent further spread,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Wayne County Chiefs Health Strategist. “It is our intention to protect schools, its staff and students from COVID-19.”
For more information on the counseling and Wayne County’s response to the pandemic, residents can call 734-287-7870 Monday through Friday between 7 p.m. 8 and 17 or visit the COVID-19 information page at www.waynecounty.com/covid19.
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