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K-12 schools to provide public notice within 24 hours to school community about probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases

An order goes into effect statewide on Monday, Oct. 12 requiring K-12 schools to provide public notice to the school community about probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours. 

Upon notification, schools must provide public notification on a highly visible location on the school’s website that covers the impacted building or location within 24 hours. Schools are encouraged to provide information about measures in place at the school to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as measures that individuals can take to prevent transmission.  

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued the Emergency Order

“Recent outbreaks throughout the country demonstrate that COVID-19 can spread quickly in the school setting,” said Gordon. “Timely communication from schools to parents, guardians, students, teachers, staff and other persons affiliated with schools enables members of the school community to take measures to prevent spread of the virus.” 

In addition to the public notice, local health departments will continue to provide direct notification to individuals who are, or are suspected of being a close contact of school-associated case. 

 Information about school outbreaks is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. Additional Epidemic Orders are available online. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus 

 

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