Wayne County orders face masks for schools and daycares | Michigan News

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Wayne County, Michigan’s most populous, requires masks inside schools.

The county health officer issued a COVID-19 order on Friday requiring that the face be covered for students, teachers and staff in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The measure also applies to day care centers, with the exception of children under 4 years old.

Wayne, home to nearly 18% of Michigan’s residents, is the seventh county to implement some type of school mask requirement. School districts in 76 other counties vary depending on whether masking is optional or mandatory.

The order says that children under 12 cannot be vaccinated and that many children 12 and over have not been vaccinated. He says proper masking and other mitigation strategies have been “extremely effective” in preventing transmission in schools last school year.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer strongly recommends the face covering in schools, but stopped before reinstating a statewide requirement through the state health department. His office said that with the Wayne County move, 54% of traditional public school students are subject to mask warrants.

“Districts and local public health officials should continue to work together to implement mask guidelines and build buy-in at the community level, leading to better outcomes and greater uptake of policies that ensure protection. safety of children, teachers, staff and parents, ”said the Democratic governor. said in a statement.

Michigan recorded nearly 4,000 new cases of coronavirus over two days and 69 deaths, including 42 older deaths as a result of a review of records. The number of adults hospitalized with confirmed infections continued to rise, reaching 1,115, nearly five times more than six weeks ago. Hospitalizations remain well below the April peak. The seven-day case rate was lower than all but four of the states.

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