DETROIT (AP) – All schools in Detroit will be closed until Wednesday in the first week of January so teachers and staff can be tested for COVID-19 amid a spike in scale cases of State.
The Detroit Public School Community District announced Friday that the district is canceling all in-person, online and virtual learning classes Monday through Wednesday for the testing effort.
District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the decision announced on the district’s website was made “due to the city’s historically high infection rate of 36 percent.”
Vitti said employees will be required to take a COVID-19 test on Monday and Tuesday, “and we encourage all students to test as well,” she said in a statement.
“We just can’t go online all over the district on Monday January 3 because not all of our students have laptops,” Vitti added. “The district will announce plans for Thursday and Friday Wednesday afternoon or evening.”
The district’s decision came as more schools move online and Michigan on Wednesday reported a record number of COVID-19 cases with 25,858 reported over two days. The largest counties in the state, clustered in the metro Detroit area, have the highest infection rates.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the state recorded more COVID-related deaths in 2021 than in 2020. The state agency said it tracked 13,943 coronavirus-related deaths in 2021 , compared to 13,034 the previous year.
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