1 student or 46? Michigan school claims error in COVID-19 outbreak reporting
Instead, a district spokesperson said there was only one school-associated COVID case identified during the week of March 6-12 -- not 46. She added that the elementary school has reported 51 total school-associated COVID cases since the start of the academic year. Because the minimum threshold for a school-associated COVID outbreak is three cases, Meadowbrook no longer appears on the state’s online outbreaks report. Schools throughout the state are responsible for reporting their COVID-19 and other communicable disease cases directly to the state health department. Michigan’s weekly COVID outbreak reports have been shrinking in recent weeks as the latest surge continues to wind down.mlive.com
Video helps Novi High School hockey team keep playing after opponent tests positive
NOVI – The Novi High School hockey team geared up for Tuesday’s quarterfinals but over the weekend, the season was in jeopardy. Novi played Livonia Stevenson Saturday in the regional final -- a game that ended in an overtime win for the Wildcats. The Wildcats were riding high until Novi’s athletic director received a call from a team they played Thursday in the regional semi-final. There was a positive COVID case on the opposing team, meaning the team would have to quarantine and the season would be over. “A high school hockey game will never be put in front of that, our kids safety or anybody’s safety...
CDC expected to change school social distancing guidelines to 3 feet
Friday update: CDC changes school guidance, allowing desks to be closer“I think that likely will happen. AdMORE: Return to School updates“And so, that was the first study we had seen that looked at 3 feet versus 6 feet indeed because 6 feet has been such a challenge there. Science has leaned in and there are now emerging studies on the question between 3 feet and 6 feet,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC. Several governors, including in California, Kansas and Virginia, are pushing for more summer learning. Many cities, meanwhile, are talking about beefing up their summer school programs, including Los Angeles, Hartford, Connecticut and Atlanta — the latter of which considered making summer school compulsory before settling for strongly recommending that kids who are struggling take part.
Oakland County launches website to get residents on vaccine list
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Oakland County Health Division said the demand for the COVID vaccine is far greater than the county’s supply. Oakland County is getting 1,950 doses of the vaccine each week. There are more than 215,000 people in Oakland County who are 65 and older. READ: How Oakland County residents can schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointmentThe Oakland County Health Division set up a drive-thru vaccination clinic at Rochester Fire Station No. Faust said as the county works to get more vaccine doses delivered, residents should reach out to their personal health care system, which should be receiving more doses.
Bloomfield Hills Schools switch to remote-learning for at least 3 weeks
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – The Bloomfield Hills Board of Education decided Friday in-person learning will be paused for at least 21 days. RELATED: West Bloomfield schools fully remote after Oakland County deemed high risk for in-person learningOfficials with the Bloomfield Hills school district said students will finish class in-person Friday, but classes will be done remotely starting Monday. More information can be found on the Bloomfield Hills Schools official website here. The Oakland County Health Division changed the county’s COVID-19 risk determination level to an E, which is the highest level on the chart that provides guidance for in-person learning. Click here to view the Oakland County coronavirus dashboard.
Bloomfield Hills High School to go fully remote due to number of teachers in quarantine
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Bloomfield Hills High School is transitioning to a fully remote schedule because of the number of substitute teachers quarantining. RELATED: West Bloomfield schools fully remote after Oakland County deemed high risk for in-person learningOfficials with the Bloomfield Hills school district said several teachers have had to quarantine “out of an abundance of caution.” As a result, the high school will halt in-person classes for the time being. “The building will be open for students to gather belongings and the blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 4.”Click here to view the Oakland County coronavirus dashboard. The Oakland County Health Department would have contacted anyone needing to quarantine, district officials said. The West Bloomfield School District is going completely remote as of Monday (Nov. 2), at least through Nov. 27.
West Bloomfield schools going fully remote after Oakland County deemed high risk for in-person learning
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The West Bloomfield School District is going fully remote for all students after health officials moved Oakland County to the highest risk level for spreading COVID-19 through in-person instruction. UPDATE: West Bloomfield schools to remain remote through Jan. 15, 2021Last week, the Oakland County Health Division changed the county’s COVID-19 risk determination level to an E, which is the highest level on the chart that provides guidance for in-person learning. The West Bloomfield School District is going completely remote as of Monday (Nov. 2), at least through Nov. 27. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain fully remote, officials said. “We appreciate your support, understanding and grace as we work to ensure the safety of our students, staff and their families.
West Bloomfield schools going fully remote after Oakland County moved to highest COVID-19 risk level
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The West Bloomfield School District is going fully remove for all students after health officials moved Oakland County to the highest risk level for spreading COVID-19. The West Bloomfield School District is going completely remote as of Monday (Nov. 2), at least through Nov. 27. District officials are planning to return to the hybrid instruction model from kindergarten through eighth grade, special education and Oakland Early College on Nov. 30. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain fully remote, officials said. “We appreciate your support, understanding and grace as we work to ensure the safety of our students, staff and their families.
Kent County urges residents to follow coronavirus safety measures amid statewide order confusion
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The Kent County Health Department is urging residents to continue wearing masks and being socially distant amid uncertainty about the validity of statewide orders directing those practices. In the meantime, he said, Kent County health officials want residents to observe the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention best practices on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Since the outbreak began in March, Kent County has reported 9,664 cases and 166 deaths. Kelso said his department is still trying to parse out what statewide public health measures still are and aren’t in effect. Kent County Health Department leaders are working with their counterparts in surrounding counties, as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to determine their next steps, Kelso said.mlive.com
New order requires Oakland County residents to wear face masks in most public spaces
A new emergency health order is requiring Oakland County residents to wear face masks anytime they leave their home in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Oakland County Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford issued an emergency health order Saturday that requires residents to wear face masks or coverings at any location apart from their home. “Oakland County was hit hard by COVID-19 and the virus is still in our communities,” Stafford said. In Oakland County masks will continue to be mandatory by order of our health experts. I am confident that our residents and businesses will continue to keep each other safe and protected.”Click here to read the entire Oakland County health order.
Novi High School switches to virtual only after 5 students test positive for COVID-19
NOVI, Mich. – All students at Novi High School will be taught virtually on Thursday and Friday (Sept. 17-18) after five students at the school tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district. “Novi High School teachers will be in contact with students to ensure that they understand what to do on Thursday and Friday,” reads a statement from district Superintendent Dr. Steve Matthews. To err on the side of caution, we need Novi High School students to be home Thursday and Friday.”Novi High School will follow the regular bell schedule, 7:15 a.m. to 1:59 p.m., on Thursday and Friday. The district advises both “A” day and “B” day hybrid students should log in Thursday to Zooms/Schoology. Regular virtual students continue to be virtual learners.
Catholic Central faculty member tests positive for COVID-19
NOVI, Mich. A faculty member at Detroit Catholic Central High School has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to an announcement sent to parents on Monday. Officials say the Oakland County Health Department will carry out contact tracing and communication related to the infection. Catholic Central students, faculty and staff can get tested on site. Catholic Central officials say the infected faculty member adhered to social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. The faculty member reportedly received a positive test result on Monday and did not come into school that day.
Detroit Catholic Central High School stands by protocols after staffers positive COVID-19 test
DETROIT Classes at Detroit Catholic Central High School began last week, and a faculty member has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the Oakland County Health Department continues contact tracing, school officials are encouraging students to remain vigilant. School officials said personal protective equipment and social distancing plans are working. The faculty member took a COVID-19 test over the weekend, and the results came back positive on Monday. The faculty member who tested positive will quarantine for 14 days and then take another test before being allowed back to the school, officials said.
More than 50 COVID-19 cases linked to United Shore office in Pontiac
PONTIAC, Mich. Dozens of workers tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the United Shore headquarters in Pontiac this week. Earlier this week, 53 employees tested positive after having been in the United Shore building. But United Shore isnt the only large company during the pandemic which has been named for poor COVID-19 safety. Delivery giant Amazon and automakers General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler each had their own COVID-19 scares earlier this year. United Shore, for instance, has more than 2,600 employees at their complex in Pontiac which stretches for more than 600,000 square feet.
Video shows Royal Oak bar linked to COVID-19 cases was crowded without social distancing
ROYAL OAK, Mich. Oakland County health officials said video from inside a Royal Oak bar linked to three coronavirus (COVID-19) cases shows there was no social distancing enforced despite the crowded atmosphere. The Oakland County Health Department has confirmed three people tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Fifth Avenue, a popular night spot in Royal Oak. Video of the patio area at Fifth Avenue shows big crowds, but social distancing was not enforced. Its a common problem at bars across Michigan as owners try to enforce distancing measures in what are normally social environments. The three customers who tested positive for the coronavirus visited Fifth Avenue on June 19.
Legionnaires’ disease case confirmed at nursing home in Bloomfield Hills
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – As nursing homes and other long term care facilities over southeast Michigan struggle to prevent outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19), one is now dealing with a case of Legionnaires’ disease. The Oakland County Health Department started investigating on June 8 after a resident contracted Legionnaires’ disease. READ: Lawmakers want Michigan AG to investigate nursing homes amid coronavirus pandemicThere are about 140 residents at SKLD Bloomfield Hills, a nursing home and long term care facility in Oakland County. But the health department is especially concerned about the nursing home’s elderly population. Which means some version of water restrictions will remain in place until the end of the year.
3 confirmed coronavirus deaths at Metro Detroit hospitals
DETROIT – Officials have confirmed three coronavirus deaths in the state of Michigan Thursday -- all three at hospitals in Metro Detroit. ORIGINAL STORY: 3 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Michigan: What we know about the patientsThe most recent was woman in her 50s from Wayne County died at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. RELATED: Woman at McLaren Oakland Hospital is Michigan’s third confirmed coronavirus deathOfficials said she had underlying health conditions prior to contracting the virus. “It may just be the more testing we do, the more positives we have,” said Oakland County executive David Coulter. He was Michigan’s second confirmed coronavirus death.
3 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Michigan: What we know about the patients
DETROIT – Officials have confirmed three coronavirus deaths in the state of Michigan -- all three at hospitals in Metro Detroit. A man who tested positive for COVID-19 died early Wednesday morning at the hospital, health officials said. Officials with Henry Ford Health System announced the state’s second confirmed coronavirus death before 9:45 a.m. Thursday (March 19). Minutes after the state’s second coronavirus-related death was confirmed, health officials announced the first death from the virus in Oakland County. A woman at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac became the third confirmed death in the state, officials said.