BARRY AND EATON COUNTIES – The Barry-Eaton District Health Department issued two emergency public health orders on Friday, requiring masks in schools and detailing quarantine and isolation procedures for schools and others educational institutions in the counties.
According to the ordinances, everyone in educational institutions – regardless of vaccination status – is required to “systematically and correctly wear a face covering inside any building or closed structure of an educational institution. or a vehicle of an educational institution “.
In addition, schools and all people in educational institutions will need to adhere to isolation and quarantine measures after close contacts, household exposures or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified.
These procedures are described here.
“The Board of Health respects [Ms. Scrimgerâs] decision and refuses to engage in a divisive political theater that does not change its mind or overturn any orders, âsaid Ben Geiger, chairman of the Barry-Eaton District Health Council, which governs the department of health. âFor the sake of our children, families and public health workers, let’s move forward with respect, empathy and civility. “
Barry and Eaton counties have seen a sharp increase in the number of sick and quarantined school-aged students.
Barry-Eaton District saw a 219% increase in new cases among 0 to 17 year olds when comparing the two week period August 1 to 14 and the two week period August 29 to September. 11.
Additionally, health officials say children under 12 are too young to receive COVID-19 vaccines and “are further contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in schools.”
With full masking mandatory, schools will have the option of implementing one of three quarantine protocols for non-domestic exposures less than one meter:
- No test: Quarantine for 10 full days from exposure
- A test: receive a negative COVID-19 test taken on the sixth or seventh day post-exposure and return on the eighth day
- Daily Testing: If a school implements an approved testing protocol, the student may attend school if they receive a negative daily rapid test. Students and staff exposed to the home are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after the last day of exposure to the COVID-positive household member. Fully vaccinated people are not required to self-quarantine.