MDHHS, Michigan Department of Education urge COVID-19 safety measures after winter break


LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education despatched a letter to superintendents Thursday urging faculties to take steps to stop the unfold of COVID-19 after winter break.

It’s in anticipation of the extremely transmissible omicron variant and officers say the steps are supposed to preserve faculties open within the coming months.

MDHHS emphasised the significance of everybody 5 and older getting vaccinated towards the virus, together with with a booster dose when eligible. Schools ought to – the place doable – host vaccine clinics for college students, households, academics and workers.

“Our priority has remained keeping students safe,” MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel stated. “Children ages 5 and older now can get vaccinated. In addition to vaccination, we strongly recommend universal masking for students, teachers and staff. We have the tools to keep Michiganders safe and we must continue to use them.”

Regular testing was one other suggestion, serving to determine even asymptomatic people who could also be contagious.

MDHHS is providing fast antigen testing to Ok-12 faculties by means of the MI Safe Schools Testing Program and thru the MI Backpack Program, which presents free, at-home COVID-19 assessments to college students, their households, academics and college workers.

Health officers additionally need faculties to overview their plans for occasions and gatherings, urging social distancing, distant expertise for giant occasions and suspending these occasions that aren’t important.

Large gatherings would come with occasions with massive numbers of folks from a number of households, comparable to conferences, conferences, sporting occasions and live shows.

Wearing masks (regardless of vaccination standing), washing arms usually, sustaining social distance wherever doable and getting workers and college students vaccinated all stay necessary safety measures, officers stated, with layered methods carried out on the similar time offering the best degree of safety.