SOUTHGATE, Mich. (WXYZ) – We are now just past the two-week mark as a number of county health departments including Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw completed their mask mandate for schools.
At many schools you will see some children wearing masks and some not. And while COVID cases are declining, some schools are still experiencing outbreaks.
“We have let them take it off whenever he wants and it seems to help. So he does not seem so annoyed by it, because usually it is gone at the end of the day when I pick him up. He is ready to “He’s, he’s done with it,” said parent Angel Ramirez.
Ramirez talks about her son wearing a mask at Allen Elementary School in Southgate. It is one of several Michigan schools where the state reports an outbreak of COVID cases.
At Emerson Middle School in Detroit, there are three cases. At Wilcox Elementary in Holt, there are five. On the west side of the state at Lincoln Elementary in South Haven, there are four cases of COVID. Same for Ann Arbor Christian in Whitmore Lake. At Paddock in Milan, there are six COVID cases, and at Allen Elementary in Southgate, the state reports nine.
“They still wear their masks, whether they should not wear them or not. You know there’s still a chance they’ll get COVID, no matter what,” says grandparent David Rogers.
“Our school-age cases have dropped by about 90, more than 90% since the peak of the omicron rise,” said Wayne County Medical Health Officer Dr. Avani Sheth.
Dr. Sheth says anyone can help keep COVID cases down if someone who is not feeling well stays home and gets tested, and if they are positive, they should follow the isolation protocols.
“We still live a lot with COVID-19,” she says. “Cases are declining, but there are still viruses in society and the vaccines, they are, they are very safe. They are very effective., Especially against severe disease.
“Like, we have a little bit of activity in the community, we also have a little bit of activity in our schools. So that’s not surprising,” says Susan Ringler Cerniglia of the Washtenaw County Health Department.
Cerniglia says some school districts like Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Public Schools still require masks.
“No one can necessarily predict what’s coming next. So we need to be a little bit ready to use those precautions when they make sense,” she says.
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