MDHHS and Michigan Department of Education urge COVID-19 safety measures after winter recess

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LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education on Thursday sent a letter to superintendents urging schools to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after the summer holidays. ‘winter.

This is in anticipation of the highly transmissible variant of omicron and officials say the measures are aimed at keeping schools open in the months to come.

The MDHHS stressed the importance for all people 5 years and over to be vaccinated against the virus, including with a booster dose when they are eligible. Schools should, where possible, organize immunization clinics for students, families, teachers and staff.

“Our priority has remained to ensure the safety of students,” said Elizabeth Hertel, Director of the MDHHS. “Children aged 5 and over can now be vaccinated. In addition to vaccination, we strongly recommend the wearing of the universal mask for students, teachers and staff. We have the tools to keep the Michiganders safe and we must continue to use them. “

Regular testing was another recommendation, helping to identify even asymptomatic people who may be contagious.

The MDHHS offers rapid antigen testing to K-12 schools through the MI Safe Schools testing program and the MI Backpack program, which offers free in-home COVID-19 testing to students, their families, teachers and staff. school.

Health officials also want schools to review their plans for events and gatherings, urging social distancing, remote technology for large events, and postponing events that are not essential.

Large gatherings would include events with a large number of people from multiple households, such as conferences, meetings, sporting events and concerts.

Wearing masks (regardless of immunization status), frequent hand washing, maintaining social distancing where possible, and vaccinating staff and students remain important safety measures, officials said, with layered strategies implemented at the same time providing the highest level of protection.


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