Wayne, which is home to nearly 18% of Michigan residents, is the
seventh county to implement some type of school mask
requirement. School districts in 76 other counties vary on
whether masking is optional or mandatory.
The order notes that kids under 12 cannot be vaccinated and many
ages 12 and older have not gotten a shot. It says proper masking
and other mitigation strategies were ``extremely effective'' in
preventing transmission in schools last academic year.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
strongly recommends face coverings in schools but has stopped
short of reinstating a statewide requirement through the state
health department. Her office said with Wayne County's move, 54%
of students in traditional public schools are subject to mask
``Districts and local public health leaders should keep working
together to implement mask guidelines and create buy-in at the
community level, which leads to better outcomes and better
adherence to policies that keep kids, teachers, staff and
parents safe,`` the Democratic governor said in a statement.
Michigan recorded almost 4,000 new coronavirus cases over two
days and 69 deaths, including 42 older deaths from a records
review. The number of adults hospitalized with confirmed
infections continued to rise, to 1,115, a nearly five-fold
increase from six weeks ago. Hospitalizations remain well below
the April peak. The seven-day case rate was lower than in all
but four states.