18 mid-Michigan schools experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout mid-Michigan, with 18 schools and one transportation service having a cumulative total of 85 COVID-19 cases.

According to the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, Bath High School has the highest COVID-19 outbreak numbers with 11 cases among both students and staff.

The numbers are up to date as of today.

Courtesy: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Concerned about your child potentially having had contact with someone with COVID-19?

MDHHS recently released updated precautions that discuss things like quarantine versus isolation, when a student exposed to COVID-19 can stay in school and school testing opportunities.

What are the updated school quarantine guidelines?

There are three situations in which a student can have been exposed to COVID-19, and go to school without quarantining:

  • A fully vaccinated student (regardless of whether they wore a mask) who came
    in close contact with a COVID-positive student.

     The exposed student can remain in school if they wear a mask and monitor
    symptoms for 14 days after their exposure. Students who were not wearing a mask,
    or if they were within 3 feet when they were exposed, should test for COVID-19
    once on day 3, 4, or 5 after their last exposure to the COVID-positive student. If the
    exposed student tests positive, then the student should isolate and follow
    directions from their local health department.
  • A student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who was
    also masked in an indoor school setting, so long as the students remained at
    least 3 – 6 feet apart.

    • The exposed student can remain in school if they continue to wear a mask, but they
    should monitor symptoms for 14 days following the exposure.
  • A student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who was
    also masked in an indoor school setting, but the students were less than 3 feet
    apart and the student tests daily.

    • The exposed student can remain in school if they wear a mask. They should
    monitor symptoms for 14 days and test daily before coming into the school
    building for the 7 days following the exposure. They should continue to monitor for
    symptoms for a total of 14 days following the exposure.
    • The exposed student should work with their school district and local health
    department to determine options available for daily testing. If the student cannot
    complete daily testing for 7 days following the exposure, the student should not
    remain in school and should follow the guidance below.

Additionally, there are situations where students have been exposed to COVID-19 should not return to school:

  • If the exposed or infected student, or both were not wearing a mask.
    Unvaccinated students who are unmasked are more likely to become ill because they
    are more likely to have been exposed to larger amounts of virus.
    • The exposed student should not remain in school, and instead the student should
    quarantine at home for 10 days following the exposure.
    • They may return after day 10 if they have not had any symptoms during
      those 10 days. They should continue to monitor for symptoms for a total of
      14 days following the exposure.
    • They may after day 7 if they test negative that day and do not have
      symptoms. They should continue to monitor for symptoms for a total of 14
      days following the exposure.
  • A student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who was
    also masked in an indoor school setting, but the students were less than 3 feet
    apart and the student does not test daily.

MDHHS goes on to state that anyone who shows COVID-19 symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and isolate.

Both quarantine and isolation are determined by local health departments, so quarantine factors may be modified.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story said there were 16 schools experiencing outbreaks, there has actually been 18.

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