State officials say Macomb County is leading COVID spike in schools – .

State officials say Macomb County is leading COVID spike in schools – .

STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan. – The state of Michigan releases new data on COVID schools every Monday. The latest batch of numbers has Macomb County leading the state with outbreaks and cases.

Twenty-five schools in Macomb County have outbreaks representing 484 new cases of COVID out of a total of 858 statewide. The top three schools with the most cases are Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township with 53 cases, Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights with 45, and Romeo High School with 35.

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Oakland County has no new COVID school cases and Wayne County has 20 cases spread across three schools. Oakland and Wayne both have mask warrants for schools and Macomb doesn’t.

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“With Macomb Middle School District as well as Macomb County school districts, we are working to promote a safe educational environment. As we have done in the past, we will continue to work with these partners and monitor schools in Macomb County, and act accordingly, ”read a statement from the Macomb County Department of Health.

Two of the top three schools with the most cases are in the Utica Community School District.

The district issued the following statement:

“We are working closely with the Macomb County Health Department on the development and implementation of 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 included the temporary use of face covers or the placement of distance learning classes.

“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 numbers reported at the level of the State. Our website dashboard reflects the number of people who test positive or probable after attending one of our schools. “

Utica Community Schools

School board meetings across the county pitted pro-mask parents against anti-mask parents.

“When you’re in a school district or county that chooses to ignore these things because of politics or to keep people happy, it’s really hard,” said Emily Mellits, who is part of a Facebook group. of Macomb parents who have been arguing for a county mask warrant. “I have already made my child miss school. How many more times is this going to happen again? It’s preventable and that’s the sad part.

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