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13 Macomb schools have new Covid outbreaks on weekly Michigan list

November 16, 2020, 7:01 PM by  Alan Stamm

Thirty-four pupils and staff members at 13 Macomb County schools tested positive for coronavirus last week. The largest outbreak affects five teens at Dakota High.

Each building involved has only a few confirmed cases, but the number of sites and infections is much larger than in two neighboring counties.

Oakland has two new cases at a Waterford Township parochial elementary school (Our Lady of Refuge) and Wayne County reports seven Covid diagnoses -- four students and staff at a Belleville middle school (Owen Intermediate) and three adults at Salem High in Canton. 

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High schoolers switch to remote learning for at least three weeks after Tuesday(Photo: DepositPhotos)

High schoolers switch to remote learning for at least three weeks after Tuesday under an epidemic order issued by the state, which shuts six of the Macomb schools on Monday's weekly School-Related Outbreaks list from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Using county health agency data, it reports each instance of "two or more Covid-19 cases who may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households. Case counts for school-related outbreaks include those associated with before- and after-school programs."

The Lansing agency adds: "Students or staff who were exposed to Covid-19 outside of school grounds and are not thought to have spread the disease on the school grounds (due to quarantine, self-isolation, etc.) are not included."

These Macomb schools are on the Nov. 9-16 list:

  • Fox Elementary, Macomb Township: one pupil, one staff member

  • Mound Park Elementary, Warren: two staff

  • Sugarbush Elementary, Chesterfield Township: three pupils and staff

  • Tenniswood Elementary, Clinton Township: one pupil, one staff

  • Iroquois Middle School, Macomb Township: two students

  • Mount Clemens Middle School: one student, one staff

  • Warren Woods Middle School: three staff

  • Anchor Bay High School, Fair Have: two staff

  • Dakota High School, Macomb Township: five students 

  • Fraser High School: three staff

  • Henry Ford II High School, Sterling Heights: one student, one staff

  • Lakeshore High School, St. Clair Shores: four students and staff

  • Lakeview High School, St. Clair Shores: two students

A Macomb Township reader identifying herself as Kay reacts to this post Tuesday on Twitter: "My entire school district was trick or treating through my subdivision on Halloween during a pandemic. ... Please social distance, mask up, be smart and take care of each other!"

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